Now that the European leagues are coming to an end, teams have started planning what will be the 2022-23 season, as they know that they need to strengthen the squad to be able to compete for the title next year.
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One of the teams that are trying to get back on the right track is FC Barcelona, as they weren’t able to win a single title in the current season, especially given the terrible start they had both in La Liga and Champions League.
Since Xavi Hernández took over, the team started looking like their former selves, but the Spanish coach knows that there’s still a lot of work to do if the Blaugranas want to be taken seriously again, as they couldn’t compete against Real Madrid in La Liga and were eliminated by Eintracht Frankfurt in Europa League.
That’s why Hernández wants to sign a new striker for the 2022-23 La Liga season and has set his eyes on Bundesliga side Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who reports suggest that he already requested his transfer over the summer.
If Lewandoski leaves, Bayern will pursue Raúl Jiménez
Reports from German news outlet Bild informed that given the situation with the Polish striker, they are willing to part ways with him after he refused to agree to a contract extension, as the Bavarians offered him just a one-year extension without increasing his $20 million per year salary.
That’s why they have agreed to let him go but only if an offer between $36.5 million and $42 million arrives at Allianz Arena. The same reports suggest that FC Barcelona is willing to pay that sum, which is why they decided to not exercise Adama Traoré’s option to buy.
Traoré will return to Wolves for next season, pushing the departure of Raúl Jiménez even more, as the Mexican international has been playing as a right-winger in the past few games, making him the most attractive option to replace Lewandowski, especially since Bayern already tried to acquire him in 2020.
How much will Bayern have to pay for Jiménez?
After Jiménez was valued by Wolverhampton Wanderers in over $100 million when Bayern Munich first showed interest in him, according to reports from Alex Crook from TalkSPORT, Wolves are looking to part ways with the 30-year-old striker for as little as $18 million, as they feel that both parties need a fresh start.