Barcelona have huge plans for the upcoming summer transfer window even though things are looking bleak for them at the moment due to the financial situation at the club.
The Catalans are under a massive debt while their salary margin for the next season is negative, leaving the club with little room to sign and register new players.
Despite the circumstances being as they are, Barcelona have some ambitious plans for the summer, none more so than their intentions to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich.
The 33-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best strikers of his generation and has conquered everything there is to be with Bayern Munich. Having done so, the Poland captain has confirmed his desire to test himself in a new league.
Barcelona have emerged as the frontrunners to sign Lewandowski, with a contract agreement already believed to be in place between the two parties.
However, Barça’s financial predicament has cast some aspersions over the transfer, with La Liga president Javier Tebas stating that the Catalans are not in a position to sign the 33-year-old in their current situation.
But, according to SPORT1, Barcelona president Joan Laporta and sporting director Mateu Alemany remain extremely confident of getting the Lewandowski deal over the line in the summer window.
The report states that Laporta had already assured the striker’s agent, Pini Zahavi, as early as March that they will find the money to complete the transfer as long as Bayern Munich are willing to part ways with the 33-year-old.
The Blaugrana had provided assurance that they would be able to fund a move for Lewandowski even if Bayern demand a transfer fee of around €50 million and the value of his contract rose to €60-80 million over three years.
Barcelona are yet to emerge out of their financial muddle, although steps are being taken to address the matter. And PSG have also surfaced as a suitor for Lewandowski, which only serves to complicate matters further.
However, Laporta and Alemany remain confident over the club’s chances of pulling off the transfer. Whether that confidence translates into a success transfer this summer remains to be seen.