Barcelona’s primary goal for this summer season was the signing of a centre-forward. It was not one thing fully new as a result of, because the departure of Luis Suarez, the crew wanted a world class No.9. When Xavi arrived on the bench, he defined to Joan Laporta the necessity a high striker.
There was quite a lot of speak about Erling Haaland, however with the financial state of affairs of the membership it was unimaginable. Above all as a result of the Norwegian was not going to attend that lengthy for Barcelona with Manchester Metropolis and Actual Madrid pushing for his signature.
Laporta and Pini Zahavi
The following identify was Robert Lewandowski. The president knew there was a chance for him to depart Bayern Munich. The Polish participant had only one 12 months left on his contract with Bayern and the participant wasn’t overly eager on renewing. Laporta is an in depth good friend of Pini Zahavi, the participant’s agent, with whom he has finished varied enterprise offers up to now.
In a dialog between the 2, the deal started to take form. They talked about the potential for him leaving, the cash he would earn at Barcelona, round 9 million euros internet, and he agreed to it although he was dropping cash in comparison with what he might earn at Bayern. Then Laporta received the phrase that Lewandowski would wait, as a result of golf equipment like Chelsea and PSG thought-about signing him, however had been all the time met with a particular rejection from the striker.
The technique from then on was clear. The participant needed to refuse to resume his contract by dragging his ft along with his membership till the top of the season. Within the meantime, Barcelona knew they needed to begin in search of cash as a result of the transaction was going to be costly. When the marketing campaign got here to an finish, the second and most necessary step got here. The participant made it clear that he didn’t wish to keep in Munich. He did so publicly: “My time at Bayern is over.” he mentioned.
Bayern’s unsuccessful counter-attack
These declarations didn’t sit effectively with the German giants whose administrators continued to say publicly that the striker would proceed for yet one more season and would fulfil his contract. These statements had been made public as a result of behind closed doorways they started to see that he was going to depart this summer season after they travelled to Mallorca to attempt to persuade him, however with out success. Barcelona realised that with these statements they’d taken the definitive step. “We will not depart Lewandowski within the lurch,” they mentioned internally at Barcelona.
Dialog with Xavi
The sporting division started to behave. Xavi entered the scene and spoke personally with the participant. He did so on a number of events. He outlined what the new-look Barcelona can be like and defined his function within the crew. One other step ahead. On the similar time, Jordi Cruyff and Mateu Alemany had been making ready the execution of the plan.
Then got here the primary provides from Barcelona, which was not formal. The Catalan membership provided 35m euros plus variables, an quantity that Bayern didn’t even ponder. As time glided by, the supply was raised, first to 40m euros plus variables, however Bayern rejected it. The German membership had all the time thought-about that the asking value was 50 million. And Barcelona had recognized this for months.
With the activation of the second financial lever, which is able to presumably happen subsequent week, however with the cash already agreed, Barcelona launched its ultimate offensive whereas the participant was late for all coaching classes in Munich. The day was set for Saturday, when the participant was attributable to attend the official presentation of the membership on the Allianz Enviornment and didn’t wish to go. It was then that Barcelona made the formal supply that reached the 50 million that Bayern had been asking for (45+5) and the definitive settlement was reached.