October 11, 2022
Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski to get €9m/season salary for FC Barcelona transfer?;  Tottenham, Arsenal are also eyeing Lewy;  Barca to sell Frenkie de Jong to fund Lewy move?  ;  Will Filip Kostic stay at Eintracht Frankfurt?  ;  and more!

How badly does Robert Lewandowski want to leave Bayern Munich for FC Barcelona? Maybe bad enough to take a massive pay cut:

Barcelona appear to be getting ever closer to capturing Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski in the upcoming transfer window.

And, there now appears to be a new development in the transfer saga, as Diario AS report that Lewandowski and Barcelona have reached agreement on a contract for the 33-year-old hitman.

According to the update, Barca will offer the Poland captain a three-year contract worth €9m per year.

Earlier this week, Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi was in Barcelona and bought ten shirts from the club’s official store with the centre-forward’s name printed on it. AS adds to this claim, stating that Zahavi even searched for homes for the 33-year-old.

From around €25m per season (around €13-15m net) to €9m (net) per season, that’s a massive drop at this stage of his career. If true, that makes me wonder if Barca would reapply funds directly to a bigger transfer fee proposal.

Arsenal FC and Tottenham Hotspur join Manchester United and Chelsea FC as Premier League clubs, who could be on Robert Lewandowski’s list for a potential transfer:

With Barcelona’s delicate financial situation possibly preventing a move to Camp Nou, Zahavi has explored many other potential moves and sources have confirmed the Israeli agent has spoken to several Premier League sides.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham have all been made aware of Lewandowski’s situation, but as things stand, none have taken the matter any further with all four teams still working out their plans for the summer transfer window.

It’s still doubtful whether Lewandowski wants to move to England. It looks like Pini Zahavi is doing some leg work to garner more interest (and hefty fees).

FC Barcelona could launch a sale of Frenkie de Jong to help finance an acquisition of Robert Lewandowski. Manchester City and Manchester United seem like the most likely destinations for the Dutchman:

Barcelona are reportedly willing to sell Frenkie de Jong in this summer’s transfer window, as the Catalan giants seek to raise funds to move for Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. Manchester United and Manchester City continue to be linked with De Jong, who has been a regular for his La Liga side this season, making 46 appearances in all competitions, contributing four goals and five assists.

Barcelona boss Xavi and club president Joan Laporta both recently refused to rule out a summer exit for the Dutch international as the club are still struggling financially. “We will do what is best for the club. If the economic levers that we want to activate are triggered, no player will leave for economic reasons,” Laporta told Catalunya Radio.

Meanwhile, Xavi said last weekend: “He’s an important player for me, and he’s started all but a few games because of the rotations. But it depends on the economic situation. For me, Frenkie could be one of the club’s legends.

A recent report claimed that Barcelona would be ready to sell the Dutchman for a fee of around £50m, with new Man United manager Erik ten Hag pushing to sign the player he had at the helm. Ajax.

According to German journalist Florian Plettenberg, De Jong to Old Trafford could be ‘one of the biggest transfers’ of the summer. Plettenberg claims Xavi is fighting to keep the Dutchman but Barcelona need to sell to raise funds to move for Lewandowski which could allow De Jong to leave in the upcoming market.

Bayern Munich’s off-season got off to a flying start.

Robert Lewandowski wants to leave the club for FC Barcelona. Sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic suddenly found his position in the organization in jeopardy (if you believe some reports). Bayern Munich have been linked with serial underachievers Ousmane Dembele – and around a dozen other options who can play one striker role or another.

We’ve had a bad end to the campaign, some contract drama, typical FC Hollywood storylines and a silly early start to the season all form a “WTF Voltron” to get us started and it’s not even June yet.

Yeah, it’s been crazy. Here is what we offer for this episode:

  • Chuck and Jake talk about the Robert Lewandowski situation, what could happen, and the huge hole he would leave in the lineup.
  • Some options to replace the Polish international.
  • Brazzo’s new drama.
  • A little praise for Eintracht Frankfurt.
  • Why nobody wants Ousmane Dembele even though he has mouth-watering abilities.

After winning the Europa League, Eintracht Frankfurt hope to keep star player Filip Kostic:

Filip Kostic (29) is one of the faces of this successful Frankfurt Europa League season, which ended in the title against Glasgow Rangers (5-4 penalties) on Wednesday. But what happens next with the Serbs, who are only tied until June 30, 2023? His coach Oliver Glasner says: “He still has a year on his contract. We talked on the pitch, but I won’t tell you what. Only so much: “I think it was not his last game.”

Bayern Munich attacking midfielder Malik Tillman has moved his international allegiance from Germany to the United States – and has already been called up to the USMNT:

Bayern Munich’s Germany Under-21 international Malik Tillman has shifted his international allegiance to the United States, his father’s native country.

Born in Nuremberg to a German mother and an American father, Tillman joined the Bayern youth academy of Greuther Fürth aged 13 in 2005, along with his older brother Timothy.

The attacking midfielder then played for the United States at U15 level, but has represented Germany in all age groups up to U21s since, scoring five times in 19 youth caps.

But now he has pledged his international future to the United States, hoping to feature for the USMNT at the 2026 FIFA United World Cup.

“We regret Malik’s decision – it surprised us a lot,” Germany U21 coach Antonio Di Salvo told Kicker. “We promoted him as a young player to the U21s, gave him a lot of confidence and gave him match training. In addition, we were in intensive talks regarding his prospects in the senior national team.

After a promising start to the season, Sebastian Hoeneß was ousted at Hoffenheim:

Hoeneß also released a brief statement on the sacking:

Just days after telling the world that Robert Lewandowski really wanted to leave Bayern Munich, his former agent, Cezary Kucharski, has faced blackmail accusations:

Polish prosecutors have filed blackmail charges against the Bayern Munich striker’s former coach Robert Lewandowski. Cezary Kucharski has publicly accused the Polish national team captain and his wife of tax irregularities in Germany and threatened to reveal the details if they did not pay 20 million euros ($21.1 million).

Kucharski could face up to three years in prison if convicted. Kucharski, a former Poland national team soccer player, was hospitalized earlier this year in Spain and placed in an induced coma. He is currently recovering in Spain.

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