Barcelona have announced the acquisition of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski on a three-year deal. The Polish striker becomes their fourth signing of the summer and arguably the best addition to Xavi Hernandez’s squad.
Agreement in principle for the transfer of Robert Lewandowski
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) July 16, 2022
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Lewandowski Gets His Desire for Move to la Liga
The 34-year-old forward made his intentions of wanting to leave Bayern Munich clear at the end of last season, insisting that he is craving a new journey in his career. While the Bundesliga champions were unwilling to sell him initially, they softened their stance after the acquisition of Sadio Mane from Liverpool and finalized a pretty good deal with the La Liga side.
Barcelona will pay around £38.3 million (€45 million) for the Polish striker with a possible £4.25 million (€5 million) more in performance-related bonuses. The striker will also pocket decent pay from the deal, earning around £7.66 million-a-year (€9 million) wages for the next three years, according to Fabrizio Romano.
Bayern have fast-tracked the departure of Lewandowski because they want to use the fee received for him to fund their own pursuit of signing Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt before the Bundesliga season starts.
Lewandowski’s Career So Far
The Polish centre-forward enjoyed a prolific spell with Bayern Munich, using his period with them to elevate himself to among the best strikers in world football. Lewandowski made 375 appearances for the Bavarians, scoring 344 goals and providing 72 assists in all competitions.
He won eight Bundesliga titles, three DFB Pokal titles, and a Champions League crown with them. He also wracked up a lot of individual awards and achievements, including breaking the record for scoring the most goals in a single Bundesliga season by scoring 41 goals in the 2020/21 campaign.
“I will come back to say goodbye to all employees properly”, Lewa says ahead of his move to Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/w91XYTODZ0
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2022
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The 34-year-old also won the European Golden Boot award twice in his stint with Bayern, while also winning the FIFA Best Men’s Player of the Year twice and the Ballon d’Or striker of the Year accolade once.
Barcelona’s Summer Transfers So Far
Barcelona have been extremely proactive in the transfer market to help strengthen Xavi’s squad. They’ve made four acquisitions so far. This includes signing Brazilian winger Raphinha from Leeds United for around £49.4 million (€58 million).
The Blaugrana have also signed former Chelsea defender Andres Christensen and ex-AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie on free transfers to bolster their squad. In terms of outgoings, they have sold Philippe Coutinho to Aston Villa and loaned out Clement Lenglet as well as Francisco Trincao.