Robert Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi ‘calls Barcelona president Joan Laporta demanding an explanation’ on comments by Javier Tebas that a move to Spain ‘CANNOT’ happen due to financial constraints – with wantaway Bayern striker ‘having doubts’
- Robert Lewandowski has not been shy in publicly declaring his desire to move
- The Bayern Munich striker has been angling for a switch to join Barcelona
- LaLiga president Javier Tebas claimed Barca are not in a position to sign him
- Lewandowski’s agent, Pini Zahavi, reported called Barcelona about those claims
Robert Lewandowski ‘has doubts’ over his ability to join Barcelona, reportedly pushing his agent into emergency talks with club president Joan Laporta.
Lewandowski put Europe’s top sides on high alert last month when he publicly declared his career at Bayern was ‘over’.
He has made it plain he wants out of the German champions and a switch to Barcelona appeals.
But comments from LaLiga president Javier Tebas, according to Mundo Deportivo, put the frighteners in Lewandowski, pushing his agent Pini Zahavi to seek ‘explanations’ from president Joan Laporta.
Robert Lewandowski is reportedly worried a move to Barcelona may not be financially viable
His agent Pini Zahavi reportedly called Barcelona seeking ‘explanations’ on their situation
Tebas insisted that Barcelona are currently unable to sign 33-year-old Lewandowski, unless they can shift a number of their high earners.
Speaking to Marca, the LaLiga chief said: ‘They (Barcelona) know what they have to do.
‘They know perfectly well our economic control rules and their financial situation.
‘The rules are there to avoid major economic problems. I don’t know if they will sell De Jong, Pedri or Pepito Perez.
‘They know what they have to do – sell assets and earn more, this is what they have to do. Barca has had many accumulated losses in the last tax years, some which could have been avoided and they have to stock the pantry.
‘Just as Madrid have stocked up, Barcelona have emptied it. Today they cannot sign him (Lewandowski).’
Barcelona president Joan Laporta was left seething from the remarks made by the league boss
Barcelona’s financial problems have been well documented but Tebas comments were not warmly received by Laporta or Lewandowski’s camp.
‘I would ask him to abstain from making comments in the sense of if Barça can or cannot sign a player because it’s clearly damaging Barça’s interests.’
He added: ‘Furthermore, I don’t know if he makes these statements voluntarily or involuntarily, but if he makes them voluntarily it is a clear sign that he wants to harm Barça’s interests.
‘And if he makes these statements involuntarily, it is further proof of his verbal incontinence and this desire of protaganism that he has.’
Mundo Deportivo claim that Zahavi sought counsel from Laporta on whether there was to be foundation in what Tebas had said.
LaLiga president Javier Tebas (left) insisted Barcelona cannot sign striker Lewandowski (right)
It is reported that Laporta and Barcelona’s board had not been aware of Tebas’ remarks until alerted by Zahavi.
Lewandowski’s concerns reportedly focused on the fact that LaLiga holds strict financial rules to follow and they are the ones that allow registration of new signings.
Laporta is said to have reassured Lewandowski’s agent that he need not be concerned, before turning his irritation towards Tebas.
The Catalan side have already been unable to register two players who are set to officially join on free transfers – Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen – and face a similar problem if they are to make a move for Lewandowski.
The Catalan side had been hoping for a summer rebuild with club legend Xavi at the helm
Lewandowski has not been happy at Bayern for some time, with it recently being claimed that he told friends that he started to consider leaving when the club’s sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, expressed interest in signing Erling Haaland last August.
Now, he has made it clear he has no intention of playing for the German side ever again.
‘My era at Bayern is over,’ Lewandowski told reporters while on international duty with Poland.
‘I don’t see any possibility to continue playing for this club anymore.
‘Bayern’s a serious club and I believe they won’t keep me, I don’t want to play there anymore. A transfer is the best solution. I hope they don’t stop me.’
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