SPORT has reported that as many as four Saudi Arabian teams were interested in signing Barcelona forward Robert Lewandowski this summer, but the move failed to gather any pace as the player expressed his satisfaction to continue at Barcelona.
The outlet adds that while the Middle East teams did fail to acquire the Poland international this year, they will try again next summer when he will only have two years left on his deal.
However, the outcome of the interest is expected to be the same since the forward only wants to stay at Barça.
Former Poland boss wants Lewandowski in Saudi
It was only a few days back that the name Lewandowski resurfaced among the discussions of players at the Saudi Abha Club, a team currently managed by former Poland boss Czeslaw Michniewicz.
They enthusiastically labelled him as the marquee acquisition for the upcoming season. In truth, Abha, along with three other Saudi clubs, made earnest efforts to lure him, but these endeavours ultimately proved fruitless.
What is Barcelona’s plan?
Barcelona have a clear plan in place. Starting next summer, Lewandowski will enter the final two years of his contract with the Blaugrana club, triggering a comprehensive evaluation.
The intention is to retain him as the project’s leader, with the possibility of a contract extension, depending on his performance and willingness to continue at the top tier of competition, albeit with adjusted financial terms.
It is worth noting that any potential transfer involving the player can only occur after June 30.
Currently, all parties involved share a common desire for continuity. While the prospect of substantial financial offers from Saudi sources could disrupt this harmony, Lewandowski’s strong character and competitive spirit make such a scenario highly unlikely.
All this means as long as the player does not force himself out of Barcelona, a move to Saudi Arabia, even next summer, is not going to happen.