FC Barcelona have confirmed they have agreed a deal in principle to sign Polish international Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, subject to a medical.
The 33 year-old striker departs the German champions after eight years at Bavaria and makes the move to the Nou Camp for £42.5 million.
He has been intent on leaving the Bundesliga champions this summer after telling them ‘my story is over’ and refusing to back down over his desire for a new challenge.
Barcelona have long been the frontrunners to sign Lewandowski and have now finally got their man after he joined up with the squad in Miami on their Tour of the United States.
‘We have agreed to release Robert Lewandowski,’ Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn said. We have a verbal agreement with FC Barcelona, the contract is still pending.
‘We know very well what we have to thank Robert for, but great players have also left FC Bayern in the past, and even after that, Bayern’s world did not fall apart. On the contrary, it often continued with even more success.’
‘I will come back and say a proper goodbye to all the employees,’ Lewandowski told Sky Sports News in Germany. ‘I didn’t have much time to prepare for it.
‘These eight years were special and you don’t forget that. I had a great time in Munich. I will fly soon, but after the training camp I will come back and say goodbye properly and organise a few more things.
‘I said goodbye to the guys on the pitch today. I wasn’t worried about an injury in training. Something can happen to me at home. Wanted to keep fit and trained with the boys again.’
The Polish international will be reunited with former Dortmund strike partner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Nou Camp. The pair scored 44 goals between them in the 2013/2014 Bundesliga season.
During his time at Bavaria, Lewandowski scored an astonishing 344 goals in 375 games for Bayern Munich after joining from Borussia Dortmund in 2014. He found the back of the net 50 times from 46 appearances last season. He won the Bundesliga title in every season and also lifted the UEFA Champions League in 2020.