Barcelona have made a new offer for Robert Lewandowski of €35m (£30m) plus €5m in add-ons, but Bayern Munich are expected to decline.
The forward is determined to join Barcelona despite approaches from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain, and has verbally agreed to a three-year contract.
Bayern’s top executives have continued to publicly point out that Lewandowski is under contract for another year and say they expect him back for pre-season training on 12 July. Last month, the player declared that his career at Bayern was “over” and said he did not believe the club would hold him against his will.
Bayern sports council member Hasan Salihamidzic gave an interview on Thursday to Sky in Germany in which he appeared to leave open the possibility of Lewandowski leaving at the right price. Asked to indicate in percentage the probability of the player staying, he said: “So far it’s 100%”.
Salihamidzic laughed when asked if the Polish international would be allowed to leave for enough money and said: “I don’t know. No, like I said, I never deal with things that are up in the air right now.” He repeated that Lewandowski was expected back as planned.
Lewandowski and his agent, Pini Zahavi, had a meeting with Salihamidzic and Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn in Mallorca last week. Salihamidzic described it as a “good conversation” during which each side defined their position and said he was convinced Lewandowski could be reinstated at the club. “It’s correctable,” he said.
Salihamidzic’s remarks strike a softer tone than what was said last month by Bayern president Herbert Hainer. Hainer said: “Robert has a contract until 2023. That’s how long he will play with us.”
In other news, Paul Pogba will re-sign to Juventus early next month, after terms for his return were finalized on Thursday. A verbal agreement was closed last week and the other details were settled after the midfielder’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, held another meeting with the club.
Pogba is available for free after leaving Manchester United, who paid £93.2m to buy him back from Juventus in 2016. His United contract expires on 30 June and he is due to move to Italy soon after.