Barcelona coach Xavi is working on a transfer from Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.
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FC Barcelona wants to sign Robert Lewandowski from FC Bayern. Coach Xavi explains the basic requirements for a transfer.

Munich/Barcelona – “It’s complicated,” says Xavi Hernández about a transfer from Robert Lewandowski. The Barca coach’s statement applies to both Barcelona FC as well as on the FC Bayern to. The major European powers of this footballing planet are vying for the services of the Polish striker for the coming season.

But both clubs are reaching their financial limits. Bayern should have the better cards, Lewandowski is still under contract in Munich until the summer of 2023. However, Barca are doing everything they can to lure the FIFA World Player of the Year to Spain and rely on a trick.

Xavier Hernández i Creus
Born: January 25, 1980 (age 42), Terrassa, Spain
Coach at FC Barcelona since: 06.11.2021
Contract until: 06/30/2024
Record: 43 games – 27 wins, 9 draws, 7 defeats (as of May 10, 2022)

FC Bayern: Barca coach Xavi reveals plan for Lewandowski transfer

“First players have to leave before new ones can come, it’s complicated,” said Xavi when asked about the possible transfer of a striker and reveals the rough schedule of the Catalans. FC Barcelona is considered Robert Lewandowski’s dream destination should the Pole deal with the FC Bayern Munich not agree on a new contract.

“Barca need to improve every year, especially when we (the title, Note d. editor) won’t win,” emphasized the former world-class player, “but the financial situation is as it is.” Barca is in one of the most difficult situations in the club’s history, added Xavi. According to Spanish la league the highly indebted Catalans have to generate a transfer surplus of 144 million euros.

Barcelona coach Xavi is working on a transfer from Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski. © Xavier Bonilla/Imago

Robert Lewandowski: Barcelona wants to outbid FC Bayern with a salary trick

Barcelona lures Lewandowski loudly sports picture with a gross annual salary of 30 to 35 million euros and a three-year contract until 2025. And that, despite the horrendous mountain of debt and salary cap in Spain – how is that supposed to work? The Catalans manage with a balance sheet trick.

Barca pros’ salaries will be spread over several years, reports Cordula Roura of the Spanish sports daily Mundo Deportivo in the “Bayern Insider” podcast. The players should not receive their earnings in one year, but over a longer period of time. But: This trick is of course not unlimited, so space must be created on the payroll.

FC Bayern vs. Barca: Who is in the running for Lewandowski?

In contrast to Barca, FC Bayern is known for serious business, but the corona pandemic has left its mark in the last two years. “We have limits,” said the FCB sports director Hasan Salihamidzic last. Lewandowski is said to have been “outraged” by the contract offer from Munich.

Barcelona want to put pressure on Bayern with an improved €40m offer for Lewandowski. However, a Lewy change is ruled out on Säbener Straße. With another player, the bosses probably wouldn’t veto it. Marc Roca is said to be in talks with FC Barcelona of all places – fresh millions for Munich? (ck)

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