Bayern Munich’s persistence this summer has seen FC Barcelona getting rebuffed twice in their attempts to sign top target Robert Lewandowski.
The Catalans had initiated the negotiations by tabling an offer of around €32 million. But Bayern were swift to reject the offer, prompting Barça to come up with an improved €35 million bid.
However, reports suggest Bayern have rejected Barcelona’s second offer as well, with the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic issuing a stark response. Many expect Bayern to keep hold of Lewandowski unless any interested party comes up with an offer of around €50 million.
In light of their recent rejection, Barcelona were poised to come up with another improved offer next week.
And as per Gerard Romero, the Catalans are already weighing up the third bid for Lewandowski, which is thought to be somewhere in the region of €35-40 million.
The figure of €35-40 million will be paid in cash, while Barça are willing to offer up to €7 million in performance-related add-ons, thus potentially increasing the overall package to almost €50 million.
Despite Bayern’s stark responses in the press, it is believed the Bavarians are desperately looking to offload Lewandowski in the summer, knowing his hefty salary could disrupt the financial structure of the team, especially following the arrival of Sadio Mane.
While they have no plans to offload Lewandowski for a cut-price, a package close to €50 million should offer hope for the Barcelona board, especially with the player himself pushing for the transfer.
Barcelona ideally want to close the deal within the coming weeks as they want Lewandowski to be a part of the club’s pre-season tour to the United States next month.