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Mercato Mercato / Ligue 1 / Paris Saint-Germain: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), the strange priority of PSG

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What club would not be seduced by the profile of Robert Lewandowski? A player who slams at least 40 goals per season, in all competitions, for seven years. A goalscorer who seems to improve with age, since his average climbs to more than 50 goals per season over the last three years. A striker who has amply proven his ability to perform at the highest level, in a club as demanding as Bayern Munich, and in a competition as high as the Champions League, where he has scored 86 goals in 106 appearances. Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi are doing better. Karim Benzema does as well. For the rest, “Lewy” is above the lot.

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The Pole is all the more attractive as he only has one year left on his contract with Bayern Munich. And that he very clearly expressed his desire for a change of scenery after eight years in Bavaria. Enough to push the interest of any contender for the European coronation to its climax. PSG has obviously fallen in love. According to L’Equipe, the Parisian leaders have made the Polish striker their priority to strengthen the offensive sector of the capital club. The talent of the player raises fewer questions than the consequences of a possible signing in Paris.

A complicated case

It is already a trail strewn with pitfalls. If Lewandowski does not hesitate to publicly display his desire to leave Bayern, the Bavarian club has for its part indicated a fairly clear desire to keep him. Barca can attest to that. The Catalan club holds the rope in this file but has still not found an agreement with the Bavarian leaders. They’ve turned down all Barcelona offers so far and would demand around €50m to release him. A significant sum for a player at the end of the contract in a year, despite his very high level of performance.

Why is the Lewandowski case dragging on?

Recruiting Lewandowski would already be a significant investment for PSG, whose relations with the management of Bayern are far from being in good shape, as L’Equipe points out. But convincing the Polish striker will also have a price. Most of the media reports that ‘Lewy’ only wants to join Barca. The player has no particular intention of joining Paris, almost condemned in this case to hope that the Catalan club does not find an agreement with Bayern to hope to see Lewandowski change his mind and consider a departure for the capital. Whether it’s in relation to Bayern or the player, it’s a complicated file at all levels.

It does not correspond to the project

It’s not so much in relation to the speech of intent by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi, eager to see PSG put an end to the “bling-bling” and finally put the Parisian institution above everything. Lewandowski is a model of professionalism and discretion. It may possibly fit into this framework. But for the rest, it’s far from clear, like his desire to wear the colors of PSG. Also, at 33, soon to be 34 since he will be in August, he in no way embodies the future of a club which nevertheless has the desire to renew and rejuvenate its workforce. The arrival of Vitinha (22), the first Parisian summer recruit, goes in this direction.

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In its negotiations for this start of the transfer window, PSG seems to make it a point of honor to limit spending, both on transfer compensation and to reduce its payroll. The Lewandowski track, whose annual salary at Bayern is estimated at 23 million euros in addition to a fairly substantial transfer fee, goes quite clearly against this principle. Also mentioned in attack, the tracks Hugo Ekitike and Gianluca Scamacca, even if the young Italian is also estimated at 50 million, fall more within the framework of the new Parisian project than that leading to “Lewy”.

What about Neymar and Messi?

But it is above all from a technical point of view that a possible arrival of Lewandowski raises questions. According to L’Equipe, Paris wants to associate him in attack with Kylian Mbappé to make them a duo that is a priori quite complementary on paper. The Pole can offer this support and this presence in the surface which is sometimes lacking at PSG in general, and at Mbappé in particular. From the perspective of a three-man defense with higher pistons, and of the quality of Hakimi and Mendes, having a scorer of his profile, especially in the aerial field, even makes a lot of sense.

But within the framework of this system with three centrals announced by Christophe Galtier, the integration of Lewandowski in the starting lineup would have serious consequences. It is almost impossible to imagine a balanced collective with both Mbappé, Lewandowski, Messi and Neymar in a configuration which generally limits the attack to three elements. Galtier has already indicated that he is counting on Neymar, Messi does not seem destined to move this summer, Mbappé is the head of the PSG gondola and Lewandowski is not going to sign in a role of lining. However, of these four superstars, one seems automatically condemned to the bench in the system wanted by the new Parisian coach. Which makes PSG’s desire to make ‘Lewy’ a priority all the stranger.

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