Barcelona officially announces arrival of Robert Lewandowski

It’s official. Robert Lewandowski has joined Barcelona from Bayern Munich, with the Catalan club to pay a fixed fee of 45 million euros and a potential 5m euros more in add-ons.

Although the German club had stood firm and insisted that they wanted 50m euros for the player who still had one year on his Bayern contract, they eventually agreed to accept the 45m euros plus 5m euros structure.

Lewandowski has signed a three-year contract that will have the option for one more year, while his salary will be around 9m euros net, almost the same as what he was receiving in Germany.

It was clear that Robert Lewandowski was coming to Barcelona and now it’s official. After various weeks of intense negotiations, the club has announced the arrival of the Poland striker from Bayern Munich. He joins until June 2025, plus one optional year, for 45m euros plus 5m in variables.

The Pole had to go back to Munich to train for a few days but the deal was done on Friday and he said goodbye to his team-mates on Saturday in his last session.

Barcelona’s statement about Lewandowski’s signing

The Catalan club put out a statement on their official website, shortly after Bayern Munich directors had also confirmed the deal.

“Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Robert Lewandowski, dependent on the player passing a medical and contracts being signed,” Barcelona’s statement read.

“The striker from Poland stands out for his goalscoring abilities. Inside the box he has all the tools to make him a difficult striker to read as he can find the net with his head and both feet with equal precision.

“His technical qualities also mean that he can link up well outside the box also. Lewandowski will bring goals, experience and know-how to the Barcelona attack.”

Yet another transfer for Barcelona

This is a big statement of intent for Barcelona and for Joan Laporta, Jordi Cruyff and Mateu Alemany, who had been trying to sign the striker for weeks.

On Friday night, the deal was eventually agreed and Lewandowski follows Pablo Torre, Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie and Raphinha in the door at the Camp Nou.

The Polish striker will soon join up with his new Barcelona teammates in the USA, where they are having their pre-season tour.

Barcelona’s number one target for this summer was the signing of a centre-forward. It was not something completely new because, since the departure of Luis Suarez, the team needed a world class No.9. When Xavi arrived on the bench, he explained to Joan Laporta the need a top striker.

There was a lot of talk about Erling Haaland, but with the economic situation of the club it was impossible. Above all because the Norwegian was not going to wait that long for Barcelona with Manchester City and Real Madrid pushing for his signature.

Laporta and Pini Zahavi

The next name was Robert Lewandowski. The president knew there was an opportunity for him to leave Bayern Munich. The Polish player had just one year left on his contract with Bayern and the player wasn’t overly keen on renewing. Laporta is a close friend of Pini Zahavi, the player’s agent, with whom he has done various business deals in the past.

In a conversation between the two, the deal began to take shape. They talked about the possibility of him leaving, the money he would earn at Barcelona, around nine million euros net, and he agreed to it even though he was losing money compared to what he could earn at Bayern. Then Laporta got the word that Lewandowski would wait, because clubs like Chelsea and PSG considered signing him, but were always met with a definite rejection from the striker.

Lewandowski’s words

The strategy from then on was clear. The player had to refuse to renew his contract by dragging his feet with his club until the end of the season. In the meantime, Barcelona knew they had to start looking for money because the transaction was going to be expensive. When the campaign came to an end, the second and most important step came. The player made it clear that he did not want to stay in Munich. He did so publicly: “My time at Bayern is over.” he said.

Bayern’s unsuccessful counter-attack

These declarations did not sit well with the German giants whose directors continued to say publicly that the striker would continue for one more season and would fulfil his contract. These statements were made public because behind closed doors they began to see that he was going to leave this summer after they travelled to Mallorca to try to convince him, but without success. Barcelona realised that with those statements they had taken the definitive step. “We can’t leave Lewandowski in the lurch,” they said internally at Barcelona.

Conversation with Xavi

The sporting department began to act. Xavi entered the scene and spoke personally with the player. He did so on several occasions. He outlined what the new-look Barcelona would be like and explained his role in the team. Another step forward. At the same time, Jordi Cruyff and Mateu Alemany were preparing the execution of the plan.

Then came the first offers from Barcelona, which was not formal. The Catalan club offered 35m euros plus variables, an amount that Bayern did not even contemplate. As time went by, the offer was raised, first to 40m euros plus variables, but Bayern rejected it. The German club had always considered that the asking price was 50 million. And Barcelona had known this for months.

Final offer

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With the activation of the second economic lever, which will possibly take place next week, but with the money already agreed, Barcelona launched its final offensive while the player was late for all training sessions in Munich. The day was set for Saturday, when the player was due to attend the official presentation of the club at the Allianz Arena and did not want to go. It was then that Barcelona made the formal offer that reached the 50 million that Bayern were asking for (45+5) and the definitive agreement was reached.

Earlier this summer, the 33-year-old publicly admitted his desire to leave the Bundesliga champions, 12 months ahead of his contract expiry.

The likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United and Chelsea were linked with a move for Lewandowski, although Thomas Tuchel ruled out the possibility of the Blues making a move.

Barcelona have long been considered the frontrunners for Lewandowski’s signature, although Bayern chiefs continued to rule out the prospect of the Poland international leaving the club.

However, those upstairs at the Allianz Arena have now relented, and Lewandowski is on his way to Barcelona after a €50m (£42.5m) deal was struck between the two clubs.

“FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of Robert Lewandowski, dependent on the player passing a medical and contracts being signed,” a statement on the Barcelona website read.

“The striker from Poland stands out for his goalscoring abilities. Inside the box he has all the tools to make him a difficult striker to read as he can find the net with his head and both feet with equal precision.

“His technical qualities also mean that he can link up well outside the box also. Lewandowski will bring goals, experience and know-how to the Barça attack.”

Barcelona will reportedly pay an upfront fee of €45m (£38.3m) for the former Borussia Dortmund man, who is leaving Bayern after a prolific eight-year spell at the club.

During that time, Lewandowski has won eight consecutive Bundesliga titles, the Champions League, the Club World Cup, the UEFA Super Cup, three DFB Pokals and five German Super Cups.

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