Bayern warns clubs on Lewandowski talks

LONDON • Bayern Munich have warned clubs seeking to sign Robert Lewandowski that they will report them to Fifa for making an illegal approach if they try to negotiate with the Poland striker.

The German Bundesliga champions insisted that they have not held talks with any club over Lewandowski - who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United - and warned that they will report the matter to the world governing body if clubs try to strike a deal without their permission.

Bayern have said the striker is not for sale after he scored 30 goals to help his side secure a fifth successive Bundesliga title.

The 28-year-old striker signed a new five-year contract in December and it does not contain a buy-out clause, so Bayern are in a strong position to retain him, although they need to work on improving his relationship with coach Carlo Ancelotti after a difficult end to the season.

"Lewandowski does not want to leave Bayern," the club said in a statement.

"There are no talks with other clubs and there won't be any. Lewandowski's contract expires in 2021. He signed it not long ago. His agent also confirmed to us that he has not held any contract talks.

"If other clubs negotiate with long-term contracted players, they risk a Fifa penalty."

Lewandowki's unhappiness at Bayern stems from his failure to win the Bundesliga's golden boot award, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund beating him to the trophy by scoring his 31st goal of the season on the final day.

The forward had complained about his team-mates failing to support his bid to boost his goal tally in Bayern's final game of the season, a 4-1 win over Freiburg in which he failed to score.

"I was not really happy with how my team helped me," the Pole said. "I was annoyed and disappointed with the team's attitude."

Lewandowski's comments were backed by his agent Maik Barthel.

The player's Bayern future could also be affected should the club sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, according to The Sun newspaper.

The British report claims Sanchez is a potential target and Bayern are willing to spend £350,000 (S$616,400) a week on the Chilean's wages.

It added that if Sanchez is going to earn more than Lewandowski's £300,000-a-week wages, the Poland star could look to force a move away from Bavaria.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2017, with the headline 'Bayern warns clubs on Lewandowski talks'. Print Edition | Subscribe