Robert Lewandowski has expressed his wish of leaving Bayern Munich this summer and is pushing a move to FC Barcelona. Bayern, on the other hand, want to keep Lewandowski beyond 2023. His agent Pini Zahavi has now spoken about the situation.
Almost a year and a half after the contract war with David Alaba, Bayern are also threatened with a public fight with Robert Lewandowski and the focus is again on agent Pini Zahavi. The 78-year-old reacted to the hostility from sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and launched a counterattack against Bayern Munich.
Salihamidzic told „SPORT1 Doppelpass“ on Sunday that Bayern made Lewandowski a concrete offer, Zahavi denied this: „No, there was no such offer,“ he told „BILD“.
„Lewandowski hasn’t felt respected for months“
“He wants to leave FC Bayern this summer. Nobody cares about the money here, neither Robert nor me. He hasn’t felt respected by those in charge for months, that’s the truth. FC Bayern did not lose the player in Lewandowski, but the person in Robert. For Robert Lewandowski, FC Bayern is history.”
According to Zahavi, Bayern have been working for months to replace Lewandowski with Erling Haaland: „Robert is a very intelligent person, not just the best striker in the world. He knows exactly what is happening around him and what FC Bayern had planned. So Robert knew all along that Bayern wanted to replace him with Haaland. Erling’s father even confirmed it, telling him in a personal conversation some time ago: ‚My son comes to FC Bayern for 50 percent.‘ The football world is big, but there are no secrets…“
Bayern rejected a contract extension in autumn 2021
According to Zahavi, those responsible at Bayern were quite ready to sell Lewandowski for 120 million euros last autumn. Oliver Kahn & Co. rejected an early extension at the time and set a transfer fee for a transfer in the summer: „I said to them: ‚What do you think of a contract extension with Robert?‘ The answer: silence. No yes, no no, no maybe, just nothing. So towards the end of the meeting I said, ‚If that’s the case, sell it next summer.‘ The answer: ‚We don’t actually want to sell him, but if you bring us an offer for 120 million euros, then we can talk.‘ So roughly the amount that a Haaland commitment would have cost in the summer, including all fees.