Lewandowski signs for FC Barcelona: IT’S OFFICIAL NOW! Robert Lewandowski will wear the FC Barcelona shirt until 2025 after months of uncertainties, doubts, and even possible disappointments. Finally, in a titanic effort by both parties, the Pole will be culé and could be presented this weekend.
Lewandowski signs for FC Barcelona (2025)
The media star that Joan Laporta promised has finally arrived: Robert Lewandowski will be an FC Barcelona player. The Polish striker has accepted the club’s proposal on a personal level and after several weeks of disagreements, doubts, and a lot of uncertainty, Bayern has finally taken the final proposal from the Catalans and they will part with the experienced striker after more than seven years of professional relationship.
It was impossible to foresee that at the beginning of the transfer market we would come to say it, but after the acceleration in the negotiations for Raphinha, the Lewandowski thing was about to fall and after the confirmation of Fabrizio Romano Gianluca Di Marzio, and other trusted media, this is already A Done Deal: Robert Lewandowski will sign with FC Barcelona until 2025.
Faced with a transfer of this level, we can only take care of making a spectacular summary of everything related to the operation that today has Lewandowski in the center of the world. For this reason, we will analyze his possible impact on the squad, we will review how the operation was completed and we will close with a statistical analysis of the new “9” of the Catalans.
Lewandowski to Barca, a review of the most complex movement in the transfer market
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In the distant month of February 2022, a rumor sounded that at that time only seemed totally crazy. Robert Lewandowski would have been in contact with FC Barcelona through his agent, Pini Zahavi, to test the possibility of arrival at the culé team.
All this, in the midst of a tense climate in Bavaria, since the Pole wanted to stay at Bayern, but the club was reluctant to offer him a new deal, going so far as to make only a verbal downward offer. This did not please the striker, as he considered it disrespectful to the rumors linking Haaland to Bayern, so Robert took it personally and started infighting within the club. Lewandowski asked to leave privately and the club denied him the exit.
Over time, many rumors began to link Lewandowski with a possible departure from Bayern. Chelsea, Manchester City, PSG, and the indebted Barcelona promised to be the ones that would bid the most for the striker, but the one who made the quick move was Joan Laporta. The president offered Robert a long deal, as he wanted, in his talk in February, but eventually, he would deny any contact to avoid problems with Bayern since Bayern’s position was to keep him without renewing him.
The club spoke with Zahavi and Robert during the season, but at that point, Robert was clear about his decision to leave and repeatedly rejected Bayern’s verbal overtures (other accounts claim that Zahavi told the Bayern board that if they weren’t proposing a long deal, Robert wouldn’t sign anything).
His departure was predictable and despite the interest of other teams, Robert only thought of that offer from Laporta. The month of April entered and Barcelona seemed to be the chosen destination since the rumors linked them again and again.
Alemany denied any kind of contact with Bayern since at that time there was an agreement with Zahavi, but the Bavarian club had not yet received any formal proposal.
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, the Pole spoke up, making it clear that his current situation was far from easy. In an interview for SkySports, Lewandowski made it clear that he would only stay in Germany if Bayern improved their offer of him since he questioned the Bavarians’ commitment to keeping him.
Already in May, the situation was still far from resolved, since in addition to the words of Oliver Kahn, Salihamidžić, and Julian Nagelsmann affirming that Robert would stay yes or yes, the president of the club, Herbert Hainer, was clear and direct: Lewandowski has a contract with us until June 2023 and will comply.
This only made Lewandowski more furious, so he officially informed the club of his desire to leave and would not accept their renewal offer under any circumstances. In response, Bayern was closed to the possibility of selling him for no price. At this point, it was already a battle of pride in which it seemed that Bayern would emerge victorious.
The season finally ended and the Lewandowski operation continued to haunt Barcelona. Robert’s agent started an aggressive campaign in which he advised Bayern not to retain their player, as “he would not recommend him”.
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This, naturally, was not liked in Bavaria and everything would get even worse when Lewandowski took the floor. The obviously frustrated Pole spoke about Bayern, saying that he considered the Bavarian club a serious institution that would not hinder his departure since he did not want to play for the club anymore and publicly asked to be let out.
Naturally, when this was made public, the press asked him about Barça’s interest and Lewandowski left open the possibility of going to the culé club, stating that it did not depend on him, but on Bayern.
With the market just about to open, in the month of June, the talks between Bayern and Barcelona began, with several downward offers (there was talk of offers of 20, 30 and up to 35.00 million euros ) that the Bavarian club was kind enough to reject and they even ignored several of them.
Robert began to get impatient since Bayern did not seem interested in accepting any proposal, so the culé club contacted him and they had constant talks, in which he was informed every time they put a new offer on the german club table
Well into July, Laporta spoke, stating that he was very grateful to Robert for his clear interest in signing with them. But, again, he did not want to say anything more so as not to further complicate his tense relationship with Bayern.
On July 7 this was broken, as Joan Laporta publicly stated that they made an offer to Bayern and were awaiting their response, and again took the trouble to thank Lewandowski for “everything he is doing to join us”.
It was July 12 and Robert Lewandowski rejoined Bayern training. In Germany, hundreds of reports came to light claiming that her body language, his attitude, and his disinterest in training evidenced her intention to leave him (plus he was late three days in a row). It was official, Lewandowski had declared himself in absentia. This, again, fell heavily on the board again, and, little by little, they began to get used to the idea of letting him out.
According to some reports, that same July 12, FC Barcelona put the last offer on the table and there was talk of 50.00 million euros in total. Other versions affirm that this offer officially reached the hands of Bayern on July 15, but the truth is that in the early hours of the 16th, the operation reached its breaking point.
Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona reached a final agreement for the transfer of Robert Lewandowski during the last hours of Friday, July 15. The Polish striker would have already accepted the Catalans’ verbal offer to sign with them until 2025, in a contract that would bind him for three years on a confirmed basis plus an optional extra year, so Lewandowski could wear the culé shirt until 2026.
The figures that are handled in the operation are the following: 50.00 million euros would be the total bulk of the transfer. The culé club will pay 45.00 million initially and must round off the agreed figure with 5.00 million euros in variables and additions.
According to Gerard Romero, in the culé club there are already preparations for another presentation since after confirming Dembélé ‘s new contract and presenting Raphinha, this type of movement within the club is well known to the spies of the famous streamer from Vilanoví. Therefore, it is said that this weekend we could see Lewandowski wear his new shirt.
In this way, one of the great novels of the transfer market closes, Robert Lewandowski will be an FC Barcelona player after months of arduous negotiations and, in the face of a new Deal, we only have to analyze what its impact could be be within the team’s squad culé. Robert Lewandowski is undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the world today (Best Goals and Plays 2021/2022)
Lewandowski: Statistical Analysis – Is Lewandowski the ideal nine for Xavi’s scheme?
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The quality of Robert Lewandowski is non-negotiable and undeniable. The Pole is experiencing a spectacular second youth at 33 years of age, having goalscoring records that are only improving, aging like a good wine. However, at this age, with a long contract with FC Barcelona and with a huge weight on his shoulders, there is doubt… Is Robert Lewandowski the nine that FC Barcelona needs so much?
Today, we release a statistical perspective to analyze the impact that Robert Lewandowski could have on the culé squad. With the help of data from FBREF, SofaScore, and TransferMarkt, we can predict the impact that the striker could have on the culé scheme. Therefore, for those who are new to Big Data in football, we will make a simple summary with well-explained concepts.
|UEFA champions league||13||3||10|
|German Super Cup||2||–||1|
Statistics season 2021/2022 of Robert Lewandowski
Robert Lewandowski Offensive Statistics – Bundesliga (2021/2022)
|ITS T. OFFENSIVE||LEWANDOWSKI IN BUNDESLIGA 21/22|
|BEST TEAM OF THE WEEK||8|
|SCORING FREQUENCY||84 min.|
|GOALS PER MATCH||1.0|
|SHOT PER MATCH||4.7|
|SHOT ON DOORS P/P||24|
|BIG MISSED OPPORTUNITIES||32|
|PERCENTAGE OF CONVERSION TO GOAL||22%|
|GOALS INSIDE THE AREA||33|
|GOALS OUTSIDE THE AREA||2|
|GOALS WITH THE LEFT||8|
|GOALS WITH THE RIGHT HAND||21|
|PASSES BY MATCH||38.1|
|GREAT OPPORTUNITIES CREATED||6|
|KEY PASSES P/P||11|
|DRIBBLES COMPLETED||1.4 (59%)|
|WON DUELS||44 (45%)|
Robert Lewandowski offensive statistics – UEFA Champions League (2021/2022)
|ITS T. OFFENSIVE||LEWANDOWSKI IN CHAMPIONS 21/22|
|BEST TEAM OF THE WEEK||4|
|SCORING FREQUENCY||67 min.|
|GOALS PER MATCH||1.3|
|SHOT PER MATCH||3.1|
|SHOT ON DOORS P/P||1.9|
|BIG MISSED OPPORTUNITIES||4|
|PERCENTAGE OF CONVERSION TO GOAL||42%|
|GOALS INSIDE THE AREA||13|
|GOALS OUTSIDE THE AREA||–|
|GOALS WITH THE LEFT||3|
|GOALS WITH THE RIGHT HAND||9|
|PASSES BY MATCH||32.6|
|GREAT OPPORTUNITIES CREATED||3|
|KEY PASSES P/P||12|
|DRIBBLES COMPLETED||09 (60%)|
|WON DUELS||32 (40%)|
Robert Lewandowski – The definitive solution to the Catalans’ lack of goals?
Now, with all these numbers in hand, we can come to a clear conclusion: Robert Lewandowski is a goal-scoring machine. However, on a statistical level, it is more than proven that he is one of the best strikers in the entire world. According to FBREF data, Lewandowski is in the 1.99th percentile for goals without a penalty in Europe’s major leagues, thanks to his 0.94 goals from him.
That is direct goals without the intervention of a foul (penalties or fouls). Currently, the Pole is only below Patrick Schick, who leads the statistics with 0.97 goals.
In addition, Robert is also an eminence in completing the key plays in matches, also being in the 99th percentile when it comes to scoring goals, widely exceeding his expected goals, which can be translated as Lewandowski being such a good finisher, that puts even the ones that it should not put.
Of the 0.83 goals he should have scored, Lewandowski ended up scoring 0.94 in the 2021/2022 season. For this reason, with an FC Barcelona that was unable to widely exceed their expected goals (they scored 68 goals in the league with an xG of 62.1 ), the Pole comes in handy.
At the top, accompanied by players like Dembélé ( 99th percentile in assists – 0.66 ), Rafinha ( 90th percentile in progressive passes – 5.22 ), or several more from the new FC Barcelona squad, Lewandowski is destined to be the nine of reference that so much The culé team was missing.