Yesterday confirmed what football fans had known for quite some time – Robert Lewandowski will be a Bayern Munich player next season.
The Polish striker agreed terms with Pep Guardiola’s men, in a deal that will see him leave Borussia Dortmund for the Allianz Arena next summer.
Until it was confirmed, newspapers and fans alike had plenty of fun suggesting there may be a twist in the tale, with one of Europe’s most exciting and talented strikers actually turning up in the Premier League rather than the Bundesliga.
But in the end that was not to be, with the 25-year-old seeing out the final months of his Dortmund contract before heading to their fierce domestic rivals for little more than a signing-on fee.
However German newspaper Der Spiegel has today claimed that there could have been a twist, at least if Real Madrid had their way.
A report in their Sunday edition claims the Spanish giants offered the player and his representatives an €81million package including a €9.5million-a-year wage for six seasons, a €10million signing-on fee and €14million in agent and advisors fees.
It is no surprise if they really were willing to spend so much, given the way Lewandowski single-handedly tore them apart in last season’s Champions League.
But in the end money – or at least that much money – did not sway him and he will be playing for the club he has seemingly been holding out for.
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