Robert Lewandowski could target a transfer to a Premier League club this summer, according to new reports in Germany.
The Bayern Munich striker is contracted to the club until the end of next season, but there is - according to BILD - a stand-off between the club and the player's agent, Pini Zahavi, over his current deal. If Bayern are unwilling to negotiate then there will be a push for a transfer to a Premier League club this summer, where "a salary upgrade would not be a problem".
Lewandowski, 32, is regarded as the best out-and-out striker in Europe and has been linked with Premier League clubs Manchester United and Chelsea in the past, as well as with moves to Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain.
While Bayern would not want to lose their star player - a striker who has 43 goals in 37 games this season - BILD indicates that the German giants don't want a situation such as the one with David Alaba: where he will walk away for free this summer.
So if they cannot come to terms with Lewandowski, then selling him for a reported €60 million (around £52 million) at the end of the season would appeal.
A high fee for a player who turns 33 later this year, but Lewandowski is in terrific shape, brings a lot of star power to a club and we've seen with the impact of 34-year-old Edinson Cavani at Manchester United that a striker can still make a big impact later in his career.
This isn't the first time Lewandowski - who boasts an astonishing 289 goals in 326 games for Bayern - has been linked with a move away, as his agent Zahavi reportedly tried to negotiate a change of club in 2018 before the player eventually signed a new contract in 2019.
Zahavi is also the agent of Alaba, the Austrian defender who is leaving Bayern this summer and seems certain to sign with Real Madrid. Former Bayern president Uli Hoeness called Zahavi a "greedy piranha" last year after contract negotiations broke down.
Bayern would likely go to great efforts to keep hold of Lewandowski, Poland's record goalscorer and the man most believed would have won the 2020 Ballon d'Or, had the award been given out.
However they poached their No 9 originally from Borussia Dortmund. So perhaps selling Lewandowski to a willing Premier League club and pulling off the same trick by bringing in Erling Haaland might make great business sense.
Either way, if Lewandowski does decide he needs to make a move this summer - and Bayern would rather sell than risk him leaving for free in 2023 - then expect plenty of interested clubs.
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