Those responsible at FC Bayern have not yet held any concrete contract talks with Robert Lewandowski. Now his advisor Pini Zahavi is apparently increasing the pressure.
The initial situation is clear: Lewandowski is still contractually bound to FC Bayern until 2023. If no agreement can be reached by the summer, there is much to suggest that the Munich club will sell the Fifa World Player at a profit. A transfer-free departure is not likely to be an option, having already lost two key players like David Alaba and Niklas Süle in the space of a year.
While the summer transfer period is drawing ever closer, the management around Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic is said to have not yet taken any concrete steps regarding Lewandowski’s extension. According to club boss Oliver Kahn, this will be done soon. What the 52-year-old means by “promptly”, however, remains to be seen. Pini Zahavi, Lewandowski’s advisor, on the other hand, seems to have had enough of Bayern’s stalling tactics and has now become active himself.
Zahavi apparently contacts Barça and PSG
As “BILD” football chief Christian Falk reports in his podcast “Bayern Insider”, the 78-year-old Israeli is said to be in contact with two top European clubs. According to the report, Zahavi is holding informal talks with FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. Both have been linked with Lewandowski in the past. PSG are looking for a successor for Kylian Mbappé, who is willing to move, and Barcelona are looking for a plan B for Erling Haaland, whom the club would like to sign but cannot afford.
Zahavi’s goal is to receive offers from both Paris and Barcelona in order to put pressure on those responsible at FC Bayern. According to Falk, this approach seems to be working. The Bayern connoisseur claims to have heard that the bosses are getting “more nervous” about Lewandowski’s extension.
But it is also clear that there have been no concrete negotiations between Zahavi and the clubs so far. It is merely an initial feeling out. Moreover, Lewandowski is said to still be leaning towards staying with the German record champions. However, should the negotiations fall through, which cannot be ruled out in view of the financial framework conditions, the 33-year-old is said to be quite open to leaving the FCB early in the summer.