Real Madrid are readying a massive bid for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, confirms Guillem Balague.
The Polish striker has been long linked with a move to Santiago Bernabeu and with club president Florentino Perez’ growing desire to make changes this summer – it was reported that a deal had been struck last week.
Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi was reported to have agreed terms with Madrid over his clients move after the World Cup in Russia, with Bayern Munich left to sanction the deal and inform Madrid of a transfer fee.
And, that transfer fee now seems set to be paid by Madrid, who have set aside funds for a ‘massive’ bid.
Sky Sports’ La Liga pundit Balague spoke on the reports in a Q&A on the English media’s official website.
“Let’s see what happens with Karim Benzema. They will try and keep him and sell Bale, although he doesn’t want to go. Robert Lewandowski wants to come to Real Madrid, we’ve been saying that on Revista de La Liga for months now.
“More and more details are coming out since he changed his agent. Now we are hearing through German media that he’s told his team-mates he wants to go to Real Madrid, all part of the same strategy to get out of Bayern Munich.
“They insist Lewandowski will not be leaving but Real Madrid are prepared to pay a big sum for him. So let’s see if Bayern sell, after all, they are not obliged as Lewandowski has no buy-out clause.
“I think the signing would give Real Madrid fire power, bringing Lewandowski in alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. Ronaldo and Sergio Ramos spoke to Lewandowski in the past and tell him he should move to the Bernabeu, so the approval of Ronaldo is definitely worth having.
“With Marcos Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Toni Kroos in midfield, Ronaldo, Lewandowski and a better Benzema, Real Madrid will have a very powerful offence next season, that’s for sure.”
His potential arrival in Madrid could seal an exit for French striker Karim Benzema this summer after poor form in the league, whilst question marks over Gareth Bale’s future are still lingering.
Benzema has been linked with a potential return to French football, whilst Bale is linked with a move back to England with Manchester United keen to explore a summer move.
The 29-year-old Polish striker’s current deal at the Allianz Arena is due to expire in 2021, whilst there is no release clause installed in his deal.