Pep Guardiola cannot foresee Bayern Munich letting Robert Lewandowski leave nor Barcelona having the financial power to sign the striker.
Robert Lewandowski has a contract with Bayern Munich until the end of next season but is trying to make a move to the Camp Nou last year amid interest from the Catalan giants.
The Polish captain has announced that his case is over at Bayern at the end of May, as disputes over contract proposals continue between his agent and Bundesliga champions.
While Lewandowski appears to be aiming to join Xavi’s side, there are still questions about finances after the deal, LaLiga manager Javier Tebas says Barca will not be able to pay the 33-year-old unless they sell at least one valuable asset.
Blaugrana president Joan Laporta responded to Tebas’ comments, but Barca’s vice-president of economics Eduard Romeu agreed that the club should sell players before it could be in a position to replace Lewandowski.
Manchester City manager and Blaugrana legend Guardiola, speaking at the Legends Golf Trophy in Mallorca, expressed his doubts that Lewandowski would move to Spain.
“It looks like they are having a hard time,” he said on Monday. “His work speaks for itself. Speaking of Lewandowski, he is accustomed to any place.
“But I do not know, I do not know if the economic situation will allow him to join, I do not know if Bayern will release him. I already have some problems!”
Guardiola guided City to their fourth Premier League title in five seasons last month and his side will be strengthened by the recent arrival of Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund.
Bernardo Silva is reportedly wanted by Barca if Frankkie de Jong leaves Manchester United.
Guardiola will only comment on Barca’s financial situation, however, as he explains his hopes that the Blaugrana will return as a major power to his country.
“It looks like they are carrying a heavy load,” he said when asked about Silva. “I hope everything goes well for them but in their situation they are not able to do great things.
“There are times in history, everyone has to accept it when the situation is not there and going unexpectedly will help you wake up faster.
“Expectations can be low due to the situation and not due to a lack of quality of coaches, players or board of directors.
“The idea I have is good, but you have to go calm. Everyone knows that if the situation is not good you can’t sign too many players. You have to think about winning the next game.”