Robert Lewandowski joins Barcelona from Miami after sealing £42.5m move from Bayern Munich | Transfer Center News

Robert Lewandowski has joined his new Barcelona teammates in Miami after completing his £42.5m (€50m) move from Bayern Munich.

Barca reached an agreement to sign the striker, who would have signed a three-year deal with the club with an option for a further 12 months, over the weekend.

Although there has been no official written confirmation, Lewandowski wore Barcelona colors in a series of videos posted on the club’s Twitter account from Miami.

“Finally I’m here and I’m very happy to join Barcelona,” he said in a video released by Barcelona ahead of his US tour.

“The last few days have been very long, but in the end the deal was done, so now I’m going to focus on a new chapter in my life and a new challenge.

“I’m always the guy who wants to win, not only the game but also the titles, so hopefully from the start of the season we start winning and aiming for the titles during the season and at the end of the season. .

“I always wanted to play in La Liga, I always wanted to play for the biggest clubs. This is the next step. Also for my private life it was a new challenge.

“I know it’s time to get Barcelona back on track and I’m here to help them get back to the top and win as many titles as possible.”

“Xavi has an incredible future”

Lewandowski could make his Barcelona debut when his new side take on Inter Miami in the first game of their tour on Tuesday.

They will then face Real Madrid in Las Vegas, Juventus in Dallas and the New York Red Bulls in New Jersey.

“I spoke with Xavi and I know that from the beginning I know that his spirit and his ideas are going in the right direction. For me, he made it easy for me to come to Barcelona,” added Lewandowski.

“I am a player who wants to play and win and with Xavi that is very possible. He knows exactly how to coach Barcelona because he was an incredible player and now he is a very good coach with an incredible future.

“The goals are always high. I always want to win, not only the games but also the titles. We have so many players with incredible quality and we can achieve a lot this season.”

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After agreeing to his move, Lewandowski previously said Sky Germany: “I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare. Everything went very quickly to say goodbye to everyone!

“These eight years have been special and you don’t forget that. I had a great time in Munich.

“After training camp, I’ll come back and say goodbye properly and organize a few things.”

Lewandowski had just one year left on his contract with Bayern and had told the club he would not renew his contract.

Until now, the German champions have insisted Lewandowski is not for sale and turned down a €40m (£33.8m) offer from Barcelona last month.

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Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt set to join Bayern Munich

However, Lewandowski’s departure would help Bayern fund the signing of Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus, who have agreed to sell the centre-back for around €80m (£68m) plus bonuses, according to Sky in Germany.

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic was in Turin on Monday to open negotiations for De Ligt with Juventus. The Dutchman has two years left on his contract with Juve and has reportedly told the Italian club he wants a move to Munich.

Chelsea also followed De Ligt this summer as they tried to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, who both left on free transfers but agreed a deal for Kalidou Koulibaly.

Lewandowski: Numbers don’t lie

Lewandowski had been with Bayern since 2014 and scored 344 goals for the club in 375 appearances in all competitions.

He has helped Bayern win eight Bundesliga titles in the last eight seasons, as well as three German cups, and has just been crowned the league’s top scorer for the fifth consecutive season after scoring 35 goals in 34 games of the Bundesliga in 2021/22.


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