Barcelona has submitted a new €50million (£43m) bid for Robert Lewandowski as it look to finally seal a deal for Bayern Munich’s superstar striker.
The Polish star’s future has dominated the summer transfer window but it seems the saga may be edging towards a conclusion with the German giants demanding a deal be done by Saturday, according to reports.
Barcelona has so far been unable to match Bayern’s financial demands for the striker, who scored 50 goals in 46 appearances last season.
But, according to French outlet RMC Sport, Barcelona has made another bid worth £43m for the wantaway forward that is closer to Bayern’s demands.
Xavi is on the cusp of signing Leeds winger Raphinha for £63m and looks likely to tie down winger Ousmane Dembele to a new long-term deal at the Nou Camp.
But he sees Lewandowski as the final piece of his new look attack that he hopes will help Barcelona wrestle the LaLiga title back off Real Madrid and be more competitive in Europe next season.
The former Borussia Dortmund star shocked the Bundesliga giants at the end of last season by expressing his desire to quit the Allianz Arena after eight years.
The 33-year-old is one of the most dangerous forwards in world football but has stalled on a new deal – with just one year left on his contract – and informed club chiefs of his desire for a new challenge.
Lewandowski returned for pre-season training with Bayern on Tuesday morning after his comments about his future raised questions over whether he would show up.