LaLiga president Javier Tebas says he hopes Barcelona are able to complete the signing of wantaway Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
With just one year remaining on his contract with the Bundesliga champions, Lewandowski has repeatedly expressed his desire to join Barca, saying “something has died” within him and insisting his time in Munich is “over”.
While Bayern remain focused on their ambition to retain the striker, who scored 50 goals and added six assistants to all competitions last season, Barcelona did not hide their interest in the 33-year-old.
Their efforts to sign him, however, appear to be undermining fundraising for player sales and wage cuts, with Tebas saying last month the Blaugrana had to part with their value assets to finalize the deal, adding “they know what they have to do: sell. Assets”.
Barca president Joan Laporta reacted angrily to the proposal, accusing Tebas of wishing to harm the club’s interests, but the LaLiga manager now seems more open to the hope that the Polish player has moved to Camp Nou.
Speaking at the event in Madrid, Tebas said: “I hope Lewandowski will play for Barcelona and he has a good campaign.
“I hope that the levers [economic] Laporta has opened will allow the player to move to Barcelona because he is a legend of Bayern Munich and European football.
“If they do what they are told in the meetings, you will be able to play for Barcelona.
“It’s interesting and if they release those letters they will be able to sign him.”
Among players in the top five European leagues, only Kylian Mbappe (60) and Karim Benzema (59) recorded more direct goal involvements than Lewandowski (56) last term, while no player to score at least 15 goals averaged fewer minutes per strike than the the Pole’s 80.1 minutes.