A recent report from Diario AS has offered an update on Barcelona’s pursuit of new striker, arguing how Manchester City’s imminent signing of Erling Haaland could serve as a blow to their club’s pursuit of Robert Lewandowski.
The report suggests the signing of the Polish international gets even more complicated after Haaland’s departure as the Borussia Dortmund forward was one of Bayern Munich’s top replacement options for their star striker.
But with Haaland set to join Etihad in the new season, Bayern Munich have no viable replacement for Lewandowski, which would make it impossible for the Bavarians to sanction the departure of the veteran frontman.
The report further suggests that Barcelona president Joan Laporta has pulled the plug on the Lewandowski deal himself, as he is worried about ruining the club’s financial structure.
The former Borussia Dortmund starlet is indeed holding out for a lucrative contract, knowing it could be the last one of his professional career.
Although Lewandowski has had positive talks with Xavi over his prospects at Barcelona, he hasn’t shown any enthusiasm to lower his contract demands, which has compounded the problems for Barça.
Fearing the loss of financial structure, Laporta is ready to pull the plug on the move and focus on other alternatives in the market.
The Catalans have no shortage of alternatives either, having been linked with a plethora of star strikers across Europe. Darwin Nunez, for one, has emerged as one of the potential options for Laporta, although the club are also open to signing the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Gabriel Jesus.