Why Lewandowski rejected Chelsea and Man Utd to make Barcelona transfer

FT Desk
  • FT Desk
  • Updated: 16 Jul 2022 15:13 BST
  • 3 min read
FT Desk Updated: 16 Jul 2022 15:13 BST 3 min read
Robert Lewandowski, Bayern Munich

Robert Lewandowski is set to complete a move to Barcelona from Bayern Munich as talks between the two clubs concluded and a deal was reached.

The move comes after weeks of negotiations between the two clubs, with the German champions demanding a fee, and Barcelona finally finding a way to pay it due to their difficult financial condition.

Lewandowski made it clear that he wanted to leave Bayern following the end of last season, with his agent Pini Zahavi suggesting that the club weren’t serious in discussions over a new contract.

He also admitted that it was his dream to play in Spain – either with Barcelona or Real Madrid – and he will finally get that chance in the upcoming season.

Man Utd and Chelsea approaches turned down

Bayern’s previous stance was that Lewandowski would not be sold, but now that Barcelona were able to fork out a €50 million transfer fee, a move was possible.

Barcelona had previously hoped to conclude a deal for €40 million, but that was rejected by the record German champions, who held out for their asking price.

Personal terms between the club and player were agreed weeks ago, and it just required patience from the Pole to get the deal over the line.

Earlier in the year, there was also interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, but Lewandowski only had his eyes on a move to Barcelona, and that move will soon be complete.

Chelsea were hoping to sign another forward to help their attacking issues, having already let Romelu Lukaku, but have signed Raheem Sterling to help with that issue.

Manchester United, meanwhile, still have Cristiano Ronaldo on the books, but he has asked to leave, and they may be in the market for another forward soon.

They won’t be getting Lewandowski, though, who is set to sign on a mammoth contract that could see him earn between €35 and €40 million every season.