How Barcelona could line up with Lewandowski

Martin Macdonald
Martin Macdonald
  • 16 Jul 2022 17:52 BST
  • 3 min read
Robert Lewandowski celebrates during Barcelona v Bayern Munich
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Barcelona have announced that an agreement has been reached with Bayern Munich for the transfer of Robert Lewandowski, with the move now only a medical away from completion.

The Blaugrana have continued their squad rebuild under Xavi during this transfer window, and even though Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was signed from Arsenal in the January transfer window, a new world-class centre-forward has been added in the form of Lewandowski.

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

Lewandowski has arrived after going from strength to strength after leaving Borussia Dortmund for Bayern in 2014. He has broken numerous goalscoring records and has won eight Bundesliga titles as well as the Champions League.

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

Barcelona XI with Lewandowski

Barcelona with Lewandowski starting XI
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Along with Lewandowski, Barcelona have already signed Andreas Christensen and Franck Kessie on Bosman Transfers, while Raphinha has arrived from Leeds for €65 million.

The Spanish club are also looking at Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso, as well as Jules Kounde and Manchester City's Bernardo Silva. But, 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, but a new right-back has not been signed yet, and with Dani Alves leaving upon the expiration of his contract, Dest looks set to start.

Gerard Pique may lose out to new signing Christensen, who could partner Ronald Araujo at the back. Jordi Alba will keep his spot at left-back.

Barcelona's strongest area of the pitch has arguably been midfield over the past year, but Frenkie de Jong looks set to leave for Man Utd. The favoured duo of Sergio Busquets and Pedri will either be joined by Gavi or new acquisition Kessie. The young Spaniard is likely to start the season given he knows the team.

With Dembele signing a new deal, options out wide are plentiful. Ansu Fati and Ferran Torres may be the two to miss out, with the aforementioned Dembele and new signing Raphinha flanking Lewandowski through the middle.

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