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Bayern Munich set a price for Lewandowski

According to reports in Germany, Bayern are consigned to losing their star striker but intend to make some money rather than lose him on a free.

Update:
Barça told to stump up €60m for Lewandowski
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On the face of it, Bayern Munich are standing firm on their stance that the Bundesliga club will not be allowing Robert Lewandowski to leave this summer, despite the Poland international stating that he feels his time at the Allianz Arena has come to a natural end. This posture was reiterated when Bayern unveiled new signing Sadio Mané, when the club’s CEO Oliver Kahn stressed that the striker is under contract until 2023 and will be expected back at training ahead of the new season at the beginning of July. However, behind the scenes, the Bayern hierarchy are reportedly of the impression that it may be better to make some money off their star striker than lose him on a free next summer.

Bayern set a fee of €60m for Barcelona

According to Sky Germany, Bayern will change their position on Lewandoswki if an offer in the region of €60 million is forthcoming, although under the circumstances – the striker is 33 and has one year left on his contract – they may be willing to drop to €50m. As things stand, Barcelona are the frontrunners for the Pole’s signature but the Camp Nou board are still well short of Bayern’s asking price, tabling to bids so far of €32m and €35, with an additional €5m in add-ons.

Lothar Matthäus, a Bayern and Germany legend who now works as a televisión analyst, is also of the opinion that Bayern will change their tune if their financial demand are met. “A lot of things get said in football that are forgotten about the following day. There is a lot of tactics in the words, even in the news that is spread,” Matthäus said. “There will come a time when the offer is high enough, even for Bayern Munich, that Kahn will no longer remember what he said two months ago.

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