Mercato Mercato / Ligue 1 / Paris Saint-Germain: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), PSG’s strange priority

Which club wouldn’t be seduced by Robert Lewandowski’s profile? A player who scores at least 40 goals per season, in all competitions, for seven years. A scorer who seems to improve with age, as his average rises to more than 50 goals per season in the last three years. A striker who has amply demonstrated his ability to perform at the highest level, in a club as demanding as Bayern Munich, and in a competition as high as the Champions League, where he has scored 86 goals in 106 games. Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi are doing better. Karim Benzema does the same. For the rest, “Lewy” is above the lot.

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The Pole is all the more attractive as he only has one year left on his contract with Bayern Munich. And that he very clearly expressed his desire to change scenery after eight years in Bavaria. It is enough to bring the interest of any aspirant to the European coronation to its climax. PSG have obviously fallen in love. According to L’Equipe, the Parisian leaders have made the Polish striker their priority to strengthen the offensive sector of the capital club. The player’s talent raises fewer questions than the consequences of a possible signing in Paris.

A complicated file

It is already a path full of traps. If Lewandowski does not hesitate to publicly show his willingness to leave Bayern, the Bavarian club has shown a clear will to keep him. Barça can attest to that. The Catalan club is holding its own in this case but has not yet reached an agreement with the Bavarian leaders. So far they have rejected all offers from Barcelona and would ask for about 50 million euros to release it. A significant sum for a player at the end of the contract in a year, despite his very high level of performance.

Why is the Lewandowski case lengthening?

Lewandowski’s signing would already be a major investment for PSG, whose relations with Bayern’s management are far from in good condition, according to L’Equipe. But convincing the Polish striker will also come at a price. Most media say that ‘Lewy’ only wants to join Barça. The player has no special intention of joining Paris, almost doomed in this case to wait until the Catalan club does not find an agreement with Bayern to wait for Lewandowski to change his mind and consider a march to the capital . Whether in relation to Bayern or the player, it is a complicated file at all levels.

It does not correspond to the project

It is not so much in relation to Nasser Al-Khelaïfi’s discourse of intentions, eager to see PSG put an end to “bling-bling” and finally put the Parisian institution above all else. Lewandowski is a model of professionalism and discretion. Perhaps it can be integrated into this framework. But for the rest, it is far from clear, like his desire to wear the colors of PSG. In addition, at 33 years old, who will soon be 34 as it will be in August, he does not in any way embody the future of a club that, however, wants to renew and rejuvenate its staff. The arrival of Vitinha (22), the first Parisian summer recruit, goes in this direction.

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In its negotiations for this start of the transfer market, PSG seems to put a point of honor to limit spending, both in compensation for transfers and to reduce payroll. Lewandowski’s track, whose annual salary at Bayern is estimated at 23 million euros in addition to a fairly large transfer fee, is clearly against this principle. Also mentioned in attack, the songs Hugo Ekitike and Gianluca Scamacca, although the young Italian is also estimated at 50 million, are included more in the framework of the new Parisian project than the one leading to “Lewy”.

What about Neymar and Messi?

But it is above all from a technical point of view that a possible arrival of Lewandowski raises questions. According to L’Equipe, Paris wants to associate him in attack with Kylian Mbappé to make them an a priori quite complementary duet on paper. The Pole can offer this support and this presence on the surface that is sometimes lacking at PSG in general, and at Mbappé in particular. From the perspective of a three-man defense with higher pistons, and the quality of Hakimi and Mendes, having a scorer of his profile, especially on the airfield, even makes a lot of sense.

But in the framework of this system of three power plants announced by Christophe Galtier, the integration of Lewandowski in the starting eleven would have serious consequences. It is almost impossible to imagine a balanced collective with Mbappé, Lewandowski, Messi and Neymar in a configuration that generally limits the attack to three elements. Galtier has already indicated that he has Neymar, Messi does not seem destined to move this summer, Mbappé is the head of the PSG gondola and Lewandowski is not going to sign on a liner. However, of these four superstars, one seems automatically doomed to the bench in the system wanted by the new Parisian coach. Which makes PSG’s desire to make ‘Lewy’ a priority all strangers.

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