Journalist Tomas Gonzalez-Martin announced that Real Madrid will now target Barcelona target Robert Lewandowski now that they have missed out on signing Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe, 23, has put an end to Real Madrid rumors by signing a multi-million contract with Paris-Saint-Germain until 2025. Under the new contract, the young World Cup winner would receive up to to 150 million euros as a signing bonus alone.
Interestingly, the aforementioned figure does not include his salary. Speaking of salary, Sky News says he is expected to pocket around €1.18m per week.
And since that ship has now sailed, Real Madrid have been exploring other opportunities in the market, which has led them to Bayern Munich contract rebel Robert Lewandowski, who also happens to be a firm target for Barcelona.
“The White House is looking to hire new players to continue winning the European Cup. Lewandowski and Tchouameni are at the top of the list”, read an excerpt from Gonzalez-Martin’s report.
Unlike Barcelona, who are still negotiating with Bayern over the price, Real Madrid have money to spend as they had a different budget allocated for Mbappe’s arrival. Since this capital is now free, they can rightly get ahead of Barca in their pursuit.
The only problem in all this speculation is Bayern’s reluctance to do anything. Since the Polish striker has a contract until 2023, the German champions want him to stick to that even if it means he leaves for free at the end of next season.
It’s important to note that if Bayern continue to insist on a high price tag, Barcelona will have to backtrack as they can’t afford to make a big signing while staying within La Liga’s financial cap.
This was rightly explained by La Liga president Javier Tebas in a recent interview.
“The numbers are simple: if you have more than 500 million euros in losses in the last two years, you have to recover money”, Tebas has been quoted as saying.
“Lewandowski has one more year at Bayern. Between what he wants to win and what Bayern want to take…to this day I don’t see him at Barcelona. Other things have to happen.
“Selling players could be enough, depending on how much they raise and what Lewandowski costs. It could be €100m more that is saved.
“De Jong might give them that option, but I don’t know if they even consider selling. To date, they haven’t sold it,” he added.