Barcelona not in a position to sign Robert Lewandowski, insists LaLiga president Tebas


Barcelona are not in a position to fund Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, according to LaLiga president Javier Tebas.

Lewandowski last week confirmed that he had informed Bayern that he would not extend his contract at the end of next season.

The Poland international has expressed an interest in leaving the Allianz Arena in the next transfer window, rather than leaving as a free agent for a year.

Barca are the favorite for finding the best striker in Europe, with coach Xavi emphasizing that age will not be an obstacle when it comes to his rebuilding career.

However, uncertainty is widespread about whether Barca has the potential to make money as it tries to get into the worst economic crisis at Camp Nou.

And unless some players, such as midfielder Frenkie de Jong, are sold to bring in extra money, Tebas does not see a Lewandowski transfer possible.

“The numbers are simple: if you lost more than € 500million in the last two years, you have to get your money back,” Tebas was quoted as saying in a Spanish book Sport.

“Lewandowski has one year left on Bayern. Between what he wants to lead and what Bayern wants to take … from today I don’t see him in Barcelona. Some things have to happen.

“Selling players may be enough, depending on how much they raise and how much Lewandowski costs. It could be € 100m and the savings.

“De Jong can give them that, but I don’t know if they plan to sell him. So far they haven’t sold him.”

Lewandowski has scored 50 goals in 46 games for Bayern in all competitions this season, making him the top scorer for players from the top five European leagues.

Next on the list is Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema, 44, followed by Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain with 36 in 45 games.

Mbappe was expected to join Benzema in Madrid next season, but reports on Friday suggest the striker may decide to stay at PSG.

However, Tebas expects France international to end at the Santiago Bernabeu in the coming weeks.

“I think he will be at Real Madrid, even though one day he is white and one day he is black – he is changing,” said Tebas. “But yes, I think he will [sign for Madrid].

“I have seen this turning and turning many times – unexpectedly because there is always a twist.

“The feeling I have is that if he had wanted to renew he would have done that, but I would have been wrong.”

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