Robert Lewandowski leaves Bayern Munich, Sadio Mane, Liverpool, contract
Robert Lewandowski said on Monday his time with Bayern Munich was over, without specifying his future plans, amid reports that Barcelona have made him an offer.
But the German giants are hoping to replace him with Liverpool’s Sadio Mane as the Reds star’s stay on Merseyside looks certain to end.
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“Today it is certain that my story with Bayern is over,” the Polish striker told reporters in Warsaw.
“I cannot imagine greater cooperation, after what has happened in recent months,” he added.
“A transfer will be the best solution. I hope Bayern won’t stop me, just because they can.
One year out from Lewandowski’s contract, Barcelona have reportedly made a €32m (A$48m) bid to sign him.
In an interview with Polish broadcaster Eleven Sports PL, Lewandowski dropped a teaser about how he would like to live in Spain.
“I think it’s a very good place, not just to vacation there,” he said, adding that he has a house in Mallorca.
Bayern CEO Oliver Khan and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic have both said publicly that the club will not let Lewandowski leave until 2023.
Earlier this month, Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi warned Bayern against insisting on the contract.
“Of course they can keep Robert for another year, to be fair he has a contract until 2023, but I wouldn’t recommend that to them,” Zahavi told German daily Bild.
He added that the problem for Lewandowski was not about extra money.
“He felt looked down upon by (Bayern) officials for months, that’s the truth,” he said.
“FC Bayern did not lose Lewandowski the player, but Robert the person.”
Zahavi said he hoped senior Bayern officials would ‘think about it again’ and give Lewandowski the opportunity ‘to fulfill his life’s dream and join the club (Barcelona) he’s always dreamed of’.
A back-to-back winner of the Best FIFA Men’s Player award, Lewandowski has won every available title since joining Bayern in 2014, including eight Bundesliga trophies for a total of 10, including two with former club Dortmund. .
He also won the Champions League with Bayern in 2020.
Lewandowski was the Bundesliga’s top scorer last season for the fifth consecutive year after netting 35 goals in the German top flight.
On Monday, Bayern also confirmed the departure of French midfielder Corentin Tolisso whose contract expired after five years in Munich.
MANE IS SET TO START AS BAYERN LOOK TO PUMP
Potentially heading the other way to Bayern Munich is Sadio Mane.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, Mane ‘decided to leave’ the club. Several UK sources are also reporting that the Senegal striker is hoping for a new challenge, but Sky Sports say he has yet to inform the club of his decision to leave.
Mane’s contract expires at the end of next season and he hasn’t made a commitment on his future with the Reds, saying he won’t reveal anything until the Champions League final.
sky sports reports that Liverpool would like at least £35m (A$61.5m) before considering a deal to sell Mane.
Bayern are set to offer the £35million and are ready to hand over the Senegal international to a contract until mid-2025, according to the publication.
Mane was watched by Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamdzic, while chief Oliver Kahn was in attendance for the Champions League final.
Mane did not speak to the media after the defeat and only told reporters before the game that he would announce a “special” decision on his future after the game.
The superstar striker has scored 120 times in 269 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions, including a hugely impressive 90 goals in 196 league appearances in six seasons at the club.
RICHARLISON CONSIDERING THE FUTURE
Everton star Richarlison has confirmed he could leave Everton amid interest in signing from London clubs Tottenham, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Richarlison has become a fan favorite at Goodison Park but told reporters while on international duty he was considering his future.
“I have already made the board understand. I have already spoken to (manager Frank) Lampard too, with my agents and they know what I want. Let’s wait until June,” he said.
“Now I can’t talk, because when you talk about leaving a club, I’m a bit like that, because of the history I have at Everton, the affection the fans have for me. When we talk about leaving, I’m a little speechless.
sports mail reports that Spurs are monitoring Richarlison’s situation closely while Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid are also said to be interested.