How Barcelona could line up with Lewandowski

Martin Macdonald
Martin Macdonald Updated: 15 May 2022 16:22 CEST 3 min read
Robert Lewandowski celebrates during Barcelona v Bayern Munich

Barcelona have agreed a three-year contract with Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski, according to reports breaking on Saturday.

The Blaugrana will continue their squad rebuild under Xavi in the next transfer window, and even though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was signed from Arsenal in the January transfer window, a new world-class centre-forward is desired.

Even though Barca are not in a healthy position financially, they have made the signing of a top-class striker their number one priority this summer.

Now, Lewandowski could be the man who arrives.

Since his move to Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2014, the Poland international has gone from strength to strength, breaking numerous goalscoring records and winning eight Bundesliga titles as well as the Champions League.

If Barca are successful in signing him, how will Xavi's starting XI look next season?

Barcelona XI with Lewandowski

Barca XI with Lewandowski

It is likely that Barcelona will make more than one signing this summer, as in addition to Lewandowski they are set to sign Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie on Bosman Transfers.

There is, of course, also the situation surrounding Ousmane Dembele.

The Frenchman's contract will expire in the summer and, at the moment, it appears he will leave, though that could obviously change.

For the purposes of this XI, we'll look at players already at the club.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen may not be in the best form of his career, but he will remain Barcelona's number one.

Sergino Dest doesn't appear to be fully trusted by Xavi, so Dani Alves might keep his place at right-back IF he signs a new one-year extension.

The same can be said for Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo and Jordi Alba.

Barcelona's strongest area of the pitch is in midfield and the favoured trio of Sergio Busquets, Pedri and Frenkie de Jong should continue, if the Dutchman stays at the club amidst interest from Man Utd.

If Dembele signs a new deal, he'll continue on the right with Ferran Torres on the left and Lewandowski up front.