Written by Oliver Trust
BERLIN, May 15 (Xinhua) – All signs point to the imminent end of the era of star striker Robert Lewandowski in a Bayern Munich shirt.
While official statements show that Bayern do not want to release the 33-year-old player, Bayern sporting director Hassan Salihamidzic is busy looking for a suitable replacement.
The media reports about Ajax striker Sebastian Haller, Stuttgart striker Sasha Kalaidzic and Liverpool’s Sadio Monet as targets for Bayern.
After eight years with the Bavarians, the Polish international announced that he could play his last game for Bavaria.
Salihamidzic confirmed that the striker and his agent Pini Zahavi told the club of their intention to leave this summer, “because the player wants to try a new challenge.”
Lewandowski spoke of a solution to be found to satisfy both sides, saying he would not renew the contract in Munich.
Barcelona are said to have posted an offer, while other European parties are expected to join the race. It is said that Bayern is demanding 35 to 40 million euros this summer.
The advantage in the fight is apparently on the side of the striker, as Bayern will most likely not risk keeping the striker in a bad mood during the season. Both sides expressed opposing views when Bayern spoke about the striker’s offer, and Lewandowski denies receiving it.
The captain of Poland was noticeably touched when he said goodbye to the fans of “Bavaria” after the last match of the club in the Bundesliga season in “Wolfsburg”.
Shortly afterwards, he posted a farewell message on social media along with a photo showing his trophy for being the league’s top scorer with 35 goals.
With Lewandowski the Bundesliga will lose its second best international star, as Erling Haaland of Borussia Dortmund has to join Manchester City by signing a five-year contract.
It is said that both Bayern and Dortmund are targeting the same candidates for replacement.
Meanwhile, the best footballer of the year in FIFA 2021 has stepped up pressure on Bayern to allow his departure.
Reports say that Bayern must fulfill the wishes of the player after 11 national titles, in addition to winning the UEFA Champions League in 2020.
Bayern coach Julian Nagelsman demanded to “think quickly about the future” and spoke about the problem of finding a replacement “sometimes next season.” The 34-year-old confirmed that Lewandowski had told him of his intentions.
“Bayern” badge Thomas Mueller spoke of the club in the best position, “because it has a contract. But we all know about business.”
The German international added that Lewandowski’s age does not matter, because “he is very professional.”
German media say that Zahavi has already agreed with Barcelona on a three-year contract.
Former Lewandowski’s agent Cesare Kucharski said Spain had always been the target of the striker.
Bayern leaders such as chairman Oliver Kahn and Salihamidzic are facing the challenge of finding a convincing replacement to not only please their supporters but also replace one of the most successful strikers.