Robert Lewandowski completes Barcelona move from Bayern Munich

Barcelona have announced the signing of Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, making them the LaLiga club’s fifth signing this summer.

Bayern President Herbert Hainer confirmed on Saturday that the clubs had verbally agreed on the transfer of the 33-year-old striker, but the change has now been completed.

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Lewandowski will sign a four-year deal with a €500m release clause, Barcelona have announced in a statement. He had 12 months left on his Bayern contract and joined Barcelona for €45m with a possible €5m in surcharges, the 26-time Spanish champions confirmed.

The Poland international joined his new team-mates on Monday for Barca’s pre-season tour of the United States ahead of Tuesday night’s friendly against Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami.

Lewandowski has twice won the Golden Boot as Europe’s top scorer and was runner-up for the 2021 Ballon d’Or. He joins Pablo Torre, Franck Kessie, Andreas Christensen and Raphinha as newcomers as Barcelona look to build a squad to under coach Xavi Hernandez to compete for LaLiga and the Champions League.

He was one of the club’s top targets this summer and helped seal the move when he sought a new challenge after eight glittering years at Bayern Munich.

ESPN reported last month that Barca had made a series of offers – most recently worth over €40m – for Lewandowski, who had just one year left on his contract but failed to convince Bayern until progress was finally made in talks.

Lewandowski will join a Barca attack that already includes Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ferran Torres, Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati and his summer colleague Raphinha.

He started his career in Poland and won a league title with Lech Poznan. He joined Borussia Dortmund in 2010 and became one of Europe’s top-rated strikers as he won two Bundesliga titles with Dortmund and reached the Champions League final before joining Bayern on a free transfer in 2014.

Lewandowski scored 344 goals in 375 games for Bayern, taking second place in the all-time top scorer list behind Gerd Müller.

He won the Bundesliga in all eight seasons with the club, as well as the Champions League in 2020 and was named FIFA Men’s Best Player in 2020 and 2021.

Information from ESPN’s Sam Marsden contributed to this report. Robert Lewandowski completes Barcelona move from Bayern Munich

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