Alisson Becker has labelled Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski the best centre-forward in the world amid reports linking the prolific Pole with Premier League giants Liverpool, speaking to Sky Sports.
This week, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn rubbished speculation suggesting that Bayern’s irrepressible number nine had agreed a summer move to Barcelona (90Min).
The fact remains, however, that Lewandowski’s Allianz Arena contract is due to expire in 2023.
And while reports of a ‘done deal’ with the la Liga giants may be more than a little premature, fears are growing that Lewandowski could go the way of David Alaba. Especially with talks over an extension hitting the buffers.
BILD say the evergreen frontman wants a three-year deal that would keep him in Munich until the age of 36. Bayern are only willing to green-light a two-year deal as things stand.
Lewandowski’s wage demands are also causing concerns. He reportedly wants a substantial pay rise, one that would take his weekly pay packet to a staggering £480,000-a-week.
Could Liverpool really sign Robert Lewandowski?
Now, it is all too easy to scoff at suggestions, via Polish publication Interia Sport, that Lewandowski could swap Munich for Merseyside in the summer. But it’s worth remembering that Liverpool took advantage of Thiago Alcantara’s contract situation when luring Lewandowski’s former Allianz Arena team-mate to Anfield less than two years ago.
Furthermore, a man who’s plundered a frankly ludicrous 47 goals in 41 games this season has an excellent relationship with Jurgen Klopp following their time together at Borussia Dortmund.
“The strongest number nine at the moment is Lewandowski,” says Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson, rating the veteran centre-forward higher than the likes of Harry Kane, Erling Haaland, Dusan Vlahovic and Karim Benzema.
It’s fair to say Lewandowski is not your ‘typical’ Liverpool signing.
But if the Champions League semi-finalists are ever going to break from tradition, who better than a 40-plus goal-a-season centre-forward? One ageing like the finest of wines?