Bayern name price for Robert Lewandowski as star pushes for Barcelona move

Barcelona’s financial situation is causing them several issues, and they may have been priced out of their top target as Bayern Munich have slapped a significant price tag on Robert Lewandowski.

The Poland international has been heavily linked with a move to the Camp Nou, with the player himself publicly expressing his desire to join the club. However, Bayern are unwilling to sell.

Not even the arrival of Sadio Mane from Liverpool earlier this month has seen the Bundesliga outfit budge, having rejected a bid for Lewandowski previously. And Barca have an even tougher task on their hands in landing the 33-year-old as Sky Sports report that Bayern are demanding £52million for the striker.

Lewandowski’s contract with the German giants expires next summer, therefore meaning that Barca may be reluctant to spend big on the striker given that he will be available as a free agent in 12 months. But, the striker’s 50 goals in 46 appearances last season certainly suggest he would make an impact in La Liga.

Barca are having to tread carefully this summer due to their debts, though they could be set to have their transfer budget bolstered by Manchester United. Newly-appointed Red Devils boss Erik ten Hag is desperate to reunite with Frenkie De Jong at the club and has made the midfielder one of his top targets, with the two clubs currently in talks.

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has also been linked with a move to Barcelona recently, though whether Pep Guardiola’s side are willing to part ways with one of their players of the season in their recent title victory remains to be seen. Though he is not the striker that Xavi is truly in the market for.

Speaking about his desire to leave Bayern, Lewandowski recently said: “I [want to] walk away because I want more emotions in my life. At Bayern, there was not enough desire to listen to me and my needs. Something in me suddenly vanished. And we cannot overcome it. Even if you want to be professional. It’s simply too much.

"I think we’re not going in the same direction. I leave friends that I’ve known for eight years. Friends that I’ve seen every day, that I’ve spent time with. These are real friendships.

"If you’re in the club for so many years, if you have always been ready, available, despite injuries and pain, you should find the best solution for both sides. We should not look for a one-man decision. It doesn’t make sense, not after such time.

“After a journey with so many trophies and readiness or support, my loyalty and respect should be more important than strictly business. I’ve always been ready, I’ve spent eight beautiful years here, met wonderful people and I want these things to stay in my memories."

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