It has been a fruitful week for the FC Barcelona office so far. They have managed to tie Ronald Araujo down to a new, long-term contract, and as per Diario Sport, have made significant strides in their pursuit of Robert Lewandowski.
The report states Barcelona’s sporting director Mateu Alemany had dinner with Lewandowski’s agent, Pini Zahavi, on Wednesday evening.
It was a fruitful meeting as the two parties were able to come to a personal agreement, and it appears the foundation for the striker’s potential move to Camp Nou this summer has been laid. The player himself is keen on joining the club and working with Xavi Hernandez.
Lewandowski’s current contract at Bayern Munich expires at the end of the next season. But the forward wants to leave Bavaria this summer after winning almost everything.
However, he does not wish to create a soap opera out of his situation and wants to fast-track his move to Barcelona. The report states that the Poland international wants the situation sorted in the next 15 days.
Having reached personal terms with the Catalans, it is now up to the two clubs to reach an agreement over the transfer fee before the move can be finalized.
Barcelona are willing to cough up €30-35 million to seal the transfer. But reports suggest Bayern Munich are looking for as much as €60 million, which has made the operation quite difficult.
Barça are looking for ways to cut the cost of the operation, with club president Joan Laporta recently sharing his optimism regarding the transfer,
But with Bayern Munich seemingly unwilling to settle for a player-plus-cash deal or a lower valuation for Lewandowski, the fate of the transfer saga continues to hang in the balance.