Robert Lewandoski is a household name in the football world, and Real Madrid’s increasing interest in him despite his club’s unwillingness to sell, proves the Poland international footballer still has a sizable market value at the age of 29.
Madrid president Florentino Pérez has openly lusted after Lewandoski since 2013 and coach Zinedine Zidane recently joined the chase, with an agreement in principle already in place.
Image: Robert Lewandoski
Zidane gave his consent for the club management to sign Lewandoski, who he selected as the best option to lead Madrid’s front line next season. The Spanish giants have also consulted Pini Zahavi, an Israeli agent for the Bayern Munich striker, as per reports from Mundo Deportivo.
Madrid board reached a decision to acquire the Bundesliga star who turns 30 in August with tried and tested abilities to deliver, instead of paying for young players who will need time to fit into the club’s league and global football objectives.
This change from Madrid’s recent transfer policy was nurtured during the 2012-13 season, when Lewandoski, then a Borussia Dortmund striker, scored four goals against Los Blancos in their Champions League semi-final (first leg). Media reports confirmed Perez picked interest in the Polish player and wanted him in Spain.
When Perez finally got an opportunity to speak with the Dortmund player, he asked: “Do you want to play in Madrid?”
“Speak with my representative,” Lewandoski replied with smiles, but signed for Bayern Munich the following year.
While Madrid is yet to officially open talks with the German club, media reports speculate that Lewandoski, who is a top scorer for the Bundesliga giants, is not for sale. However, Manu Sainz of AS suggests a price close to 100 million euros could stir Bayern to reconsider their decisions.
Interestingly, with that amount offered, and a possible forgoing of the 42 million payment Madrid is supposed to accrue from James Rodriguez’s loan services due next summer, the chances and plans appear feasible.
Madrid have pulled back on Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane for fear that the club would ask for an exorbitant price although there are rumors that the reasons are his introverted nature and a possibility that life outside the United Kingdom would be unsuitable for him.
Manchester United and Chelsea as some of the big names chasing after Lewandoski, whose contract at the Allianz Arena remains valid until 2021.
With Zidane looking forward to overhauling his team after a disappointing season in La Liga, Lewandoski’s arrival in Spain would most likely mark an end for Karim Benzema, who has scored only 7 goals in 31 games this season.