The latest reports claim that Barcelona is on the verge of obtaining a loan to finance the transfer of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
The 33-year-old Polish striker has been linked with a move away from Bayern after eight years at the club, eight Bundesliga titles, three Bundesliga titles, Torjaegerkannone awards and a UEFA Champions League title.
Lewandowski is said to be looking for another challenge after spending his early years with the Bavarian team, and he is reportedly ready to take a salary cut to join Barcelona. However, Bayern Munich continues to insist that their striker is not for sale at the end of the season and will keep him until 2023, the last year of his contract.
On the other hand, Barcelona are looking for a marketable face who can also contribute significantly to their football project while rebuilding their club. Lewandowski and Salah are targets of President Joan Laporta, who has given up his pursuit of Erling Haaland due to the economic implications of signing Norway.
The Catalans have been nice to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, former Lewandowski striker from the Borussia Dortmund days. While the Gabon international has made good returns against the Blaugrana goal, there are no indications that he will remain at the club beyond his six-month contract.
Laporta also put every member of the squad, but his seven wonder children – Pablo Gavira Jaffe, Ferran Torres, Ansumani Fati, Eric Garcia, Pedri Gonzalez, Nico Gonzalez and Ronald Araujo – on the transfer list. This means that other strikers on the team may leave at the end of the season, necessitating the signing of a new striker.
To this end, the club has reportedly made giant strides in securing a lucrative financial agreement with private equity firm CVC that will give the club the financial resources to pursue Lewandowski.
Lewandowski will only offer a short-term solution to the Barcelona striker’s issues, which calls into question the need to inject funds to facilitate his move from the Allianz Arena to the Camp Nou next season.
Mundo Deportivo reports that the CVC partnership will secure an investment of €270 million for Barcelona. The primary objective is a Lewandowski move, but the rest will go to settle some urgent needs in other areas of the club.
It was also reported that Bayern could accept a €40m bid for the striker, which would be a huge cost to a player of his caliber and age.