The future of Robert Lewandowski remains a murky poker game. While Bayern continue to push for a minimum transfer fee of €50m, the 33-year-old Pole is yet to prepare for his first working day in Munich this Tuesday.
The striker’s first training session is scheduled for this Wednesday after a general medical check-up.
The Bavarians claim they have not received a suitable offer from FC Barcelona, but media reports expect a late but reassuring new offer that is currently being worked out by Barca.
Pol and his management speak of an unpleasant situation as the striker claims to be extremely disappointed at not being allowed to leave after contributing to a flurry of goals in previous years, Xinhua news agency reported.
His management refused to consider going on strike, while Bayern leaders made it clear they did not want their coach Julian Nagelsmann to have to deal with an unhappy player.
Meanwhile, the club is rumored to be eyeing England international Harry Kane for 2023. The 28-year-old striker’s contract at Tottenham Hotspur expires in 2024.
While Kane’s possible transfer currently seems far-fetched, the rumors add to the pressure on Lewandowski and his crew.
According to media reports, fans and teammates are angered by what many call it without any tug of war. The players said anonymously that it would be unthinkable to work with Pole in the 2022-23 season if the player does not come with some commitment.
Reports say Barcelona have offered a bonus of more than €40 million, without receiving a response from Bayern president Oliver Kahn.
Internal reports point to Bayern setting up a sign that the club is unwilling to blackmail. Additionally, the defending German champions are happy about the extra income to cover the proposed transfer of Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt.
Talks with Juventus are said to be close to the finish line, while Bayern are looking for a striking replacement for the upcoming season.
As Bayern leave for a promotional tour of the US until 24 July, the club are hoping for a solution to their unresolved matters. Bayern sporting director Hassan Salihamidzic is said to be traveling to Italy this Monday for final talks with Juve.
Omar Richards and Mark Roca have left, while more fringe players are said to be departing soon. The club recently signed former Liverpool star Sadio Mane as well as midfielder Ryan Gravenberch and full-back Nausser Mazrouei from Ajax.