Barcelona Submit New Bid For Robert Lewandowski
Bayern Munich stalwart Robert Lewandowski is inching closer to joining La Liga powerhouse Barcelona, reports Fabrizio Romano.
Barcelona have reportedly submitted an improved €40m bid plus add-ons to take Lewandowski away from Bayern.
Aware of the striker's desire to swap allegiances, the Catalans are applying pressure on the perennial Bundesliga champions to give the go-ahead.
Negotiations between the sides are in advanced stages.
The Poland international has made it abundantly clear that he wants to move on to new pastures following a trophy-laden eight-year spell at the Allianz Arena.
Lewandowski has 12 months left to run on his current contract at Bayern and has no intention of pledging his future to the Bavarian heavyweights.
At 33, he can hope for one more high-profile contract, and Camp Nou looks to be his prefered destination.
Despite closing in on becoming Bundesliga's all-time leading goalscorer, the veteran goal-getter is ready to tarnish his legacy and force through a move.
It's music to Barcelona's ears as they hope to revamp their attacking options after an underwhelming season.
Landing a player of Lewandowski's calibre would hand Xavi's hopes of challenging Real Madrid for domestic supremacy next season a massive boost.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay failed to live up to the billing last term.
The latter could be allowed to leave if Barca strike a deal for the Bayern talisman.
In spite of the club's well-documented financial issues, the Catalan side need to make another financial sacrifice to close the gap on Los Blancos.
Lewandowski would be an immediate upgrade on Xavi's current centre-forward options.
His scoring prowess has been off the charts in Germany's top flight.
During an illustrious 12 years in the Bundesliga, he tallied 312 goals from 384 league appearances.