Robert Lewandowski’s future has been subjected to a lot of speculation in recent weeks, but it is expected that the Polish international will sign a new contract. Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claimed that the talks to tie down Lewandowski on a new contract have been progressing well and this is likely to end any possibility of Mario Mandzukic returning to the Allianz Arena.
Lewandowski has been in the mood for leaving Bayern and getting a new challenge even as early as a year ago, but he has been unable to find any exit route. The 30-year-old has been the best striker in German football over the last decade.
After making the switch to Borussia Dortmund in 2010 for just €4.5 million, Lewandowski has gone on to score more than 200 goals in the league and he has taken less time than any other foreign player. It is not a surprise that Bayern have gone to great distances to keep Lewandowski amidst interest from a whole host of European clubs. Lewandowski is fifth in the Bundesliga all-time top scorers list with 202 goals and he is just behind the likes of Jupp Heynckes and Manfred Burgsmüller.
Now, the German giants are having to fight against Lewandowski’s wish for a new challenge and there appears to be good progress on this front. According to Goal, Rummenigge said: “It’s not all wrapped up, but there’s already the development with Robert that he feels extremely comfortable with Bayern Munich.”
Lewandowski’s contract with Bayern runs until the summer of 2021. Even though a two-year contract for the 30-year-old seems reasonable, Bayern want to tie down him to a longer deal and there is speculation about a potential increment in wages as a sweetener.
Bayern were able to pick up the seventh consecutive league title last season and Lewandowski came in with 22 goals in 33 league games. Surprisingly, this happens to be Lewandowski’s second lowest tally of league goals since his arrival to the club on a free transfer in the summer of 2014. It has led to speculation that Bayern may bring in a support for Lewandowski. Mario Mandzukic’s name cropped up as a potential candidate to provide a backup for the Polish international. The Croatian is no stranger to Bayern after having played for the club between 2012 and 2014.
Rummenigge, though, has swiftly quashed rumours about making a move for the 33-year-old, who is starved of first-team opportunities at Juventus. Instead, Bayern are looking to concentrate on their efforts in keeping Lewandowski. This is especially crucial at a time when Bayern’s forward line up is going through massive changes after the departure of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben. Mats Hummels has also re-joined Dortmund in a €30 million deal.
Bayern have been showing a lot of interest in Ousmane Dembele and Leroy Sane. There has been little progress on this front, while attempts to bring in Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi have also been not fruitful so far.
All these points to a difficult 2019-20 campaign for Bayern, who have failed on the European stage for the last couple of years. The club have so far brought in Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard as the key signings for the club this summer.