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5 destinations for Lewandowski as he admits he's "open-minded" about future


After seven seasons at Bayern Munich in which he’s won everything there is to win with the club, it’s hard to imagine Robert Lewandowski anywhere else.

At 32 years of age, he is coming off the back of another ludicrous season in Bavaria. Not only has he won his seventh consecutive Bundesliga title, he has scored 48 goals from 40 appearances.

With 41 of those coming in the league, he can officially lay claim to the highest-scoring Bundesliga season of all time .

Fellow Bayern legend Gerd Muller scored 40 league goals in the 1971-72 season, a record which stood for 49 years.



Robert Lewandowski could leave Bayern Munich this summer
Robert Lewandowski could leave Bayern Munich this summer

Having won the Champions League, the Club World Cup and the UEFA Super Cup last year to go with a clean sweep of Germany’s domestic silverware – making Bayern only the second side in football history after Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona to win a sextuple – it would be understandable if Lewandowski felt that he had no more worlds to conquer.

He seems to have hinted at a feeling of wanderlust in an interview with Canal+ this week, saying: “I remain open-minded. I feel very good at Bayern, the city is superb, it’s a great club.

“I am always curious to learn a new language, a new culture. But whether it will be in football or after my career, even I don’t know.”

While the Bayern hierarchy have already made it clear that they would be extremely reluctant to lose him , a man can dream. So were Lewandowski to leave Bayern, where could he realistically go?

Paris Saint-Germain



Robert Lewandowski (right) in action against PSG during last year's Champions League final
Robert Lewandowski (right) in action against PSG during last year’s Champions League final

Lewandowski still has two years left on his contract at Bayern so, even though he turns 33 in August, any interested parties would have to be able to come up with a sizeable transfer fee.

Meeting his wage demands wouldn’t be easy, either. That limits him to a select few destinations, one of which is Paris Saint-Germain.

With Kylian Mbappe’s future still uncertain, PSG could find themselves in need of a striker. Mbappe has one year left on his current deal and has been persistently linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Lewandowski would fit the bill but, according to Sky Germany, he’s not keen on playing in Ligue 1.

He’d much rather play in Spain, apparently, which brings us onto…

Real Madrid



Lewandowski scored four goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League back in 2013 and has been intermittently linked with them ever since
Lewandowski scored four goals against Real Madrid in the Champions League back in 2013 and has been intermittently linked with them ever since

PSG are still attempting to convince Mbappe to sign a new deal and, were he to stay in Paris, Real might have to consider an alternative.

While Karim Benzema was one of their standout performers last season, scoring 30 goals in 46 appearances, Lewandowski is among only a few strikers with better numbers than him.

Having won the European Golden Shoe for the first time this term, Lewandowski looks like more of a Galactico than ever.

Real Madrid are under tighter financial constraints than usual, however, on account of their massive debts .

That means that even Florentino Perez, for all his machinations, could struggle to finance a move for Lewy. The same goes for…

Barcelona



Lewandowski was at the heart of Bayern's 8-2 thrashing of Barca last August
Lewandowski was at the heart of Bayern’s 8-2 thrashing of Barca last August

Despite signing Sergio Aguero on a free transfer, Barcelona have still been linked with Lewandowski.

It’s hard to see how they could afford him, though, given that they are also in a tight spot financially.

While the idea of Lewandowski playing in front of Lionel Messi seems like something straight out of FIFA, it would be immensely watchable.

It seems unlikely, but not impossible. If Lewandowski wants to test himself in La Liga, then there are few tougher challenges than helping Barca to rediscover their winning habit.

Still, with Ronald Koeman’s future as manager uncertain, the club seems to be in a state of flux on and off the pitch. Even someone as self-assured as Lewandowski might think twice before throwing himself headfirst into the chaos at Camp Nou.

Chelsea



Lewandowski scored three times against Chelsea when they met Bayern in the Champions League last year
Lewandowski scored three times against Chelsea when they met Bayern in the Champions League last year

Among the clubs reported to be interested in signing Lewandowski, Chelsea seem the most credible.

Having just won the Champions League, they will have no shortage of money to spend this summer.

Given Timo Werner’s struggles last season, it would be easy to see why Thomas Tuchel might want to sign a consistent goalscorer.

They don’t come any more consistent than Lewandowski, who would find himself among a substantial ex-Bundesliga contingent at Stamford Bridge.

Lewandowski’s arrival wouldn’t necessarily mean the end of Werner, who could be used as a second striker to accommodate him. Given that he’s already familiar with Werner and Kai Havertz from their time at RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen respectively, Lewy could make an excellent mentor to them.

Manchester City



Has Lewandowski ever scored against Manchester City? Of course he has, silly
Has Lewandowski ever scored against Manchester City? Of course he has, silly

Earlier this month, ESPN reported that Manchester City could also be in for Lewandowski.

Given their massive resources, they could certainly finance a deal. With Aguero leaving, a new striker is a priority for them in the transfer market.

While City haven’t been in the habit of signing players over the age of 30 recently, they would almost certainly make an exception for Lionel Messi were he to leave Barca this summer. Why not Lewandowski?

Pep Guardiola was in charge at Bayern when they signed him from Borussia Dortmund and the pair had a productive working relationship.

“He is the most professional player I have ever met,” Guardiola said shortly before leaving Bayern for City. “I was always very, very pleased with him, from the first moment.”

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