Real Madrid Transfer News: Robert Lewandowski Eyes Huge Contract, Latest Rumours

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2016

Bayern's Robert Lewandowski celebrates after scoring his side's second goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Allianz Arena stadium in Munich, Germany, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski will reportedly use Real Madrid's interest in his services as a tool to negotiate a massive new deal with the Bavarians, worth €18 million per season.

Writing for Madrid-based daily AS, Guillem Balague claims the Poland international wants to play for Los Blancos and hopes these massive demands force Bayern's hand. If they're willing to pay him what he's asking, he'll have a nice wage package to fall back on if he can't move to Real.

In return, the Bavarians wouldn't include a buyout clause in the deal, handing the team more leverage in potential discussions with the La Liga giants:

[Cezare]Kucharski and Lewandowski, who joined Bayern in 2014 on a free transfer from Borussia Dortmund, already reached out to the club last November to renegotiate his deal only to be told that it wasn’t the time. But interest from Spain has made Bayern change tune and a meeting will be held “very soon,” according to a source close to the negotiations. The fact that the two parties will sit down to talk doesn’t mean that Real Madrid are out of the equation, however. Lewandowski wants to play at the Bernabeu, and his contract renegotiation with Bayern is simply a way of getting there. But, if his move to the Spanish capital falls through, he will at least have his future secured.

Rumours Lewandowski could be on his way to the Spanish capital have been swirling ever since his agent Cezare Kucharski was spotted at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in December. The player and his representative have since dropped a number of hints Lewandowski wants to play for Real, and per Balague, it has now become clear a move would be his first choice.

The situation is hardly that simple, however. He's still under contract with Bayern Munich, who have no intention of selling their top forward, and with a transfer ban on the horizon for Los Blancos, there won't be a lot of time to work on a deal, per Balague.

Bayern Munich's Polish striker Robert Lewandowski celebrates the 1:0 during the German first division Bundesliga football match of FC Bayern Munich vs TSG 1899 Hoffenheim in Munich, southern Germany, on January 31, 2016.  / AFP / LUKAS BARTH / RESTRICTION
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There's also significant interest from the Premier League, and with current Bayern boss Pep Guardiola set to become the next manager of Manchester City, those links will be hard to ignore during the summer.

It's easy to see why so many top teams are eager to get their hands on the 27-year-old. Per, Lewandowski has already scored 19 goals in 18 Bundesliga appearances this year, once again showing he's among the best pure scorers in the sport. Here's a look at some of his highlights:

Real Madrid already field one of Europe's most respected strikers in Karim Benzema, who stands out for his high work rate and passing ability. Lewandowski might be better at putting the ball in the net, but Benzema is the perfect option to play ahead of gifted scorers like Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez.

Los Blancos have a tendency to make at least one top signing every year, however, and another star forward like Lewandowski would fit the bill. If a transfer ban is on the horizon, now may be the perfect time to splash the cash and bring in an established star of Lewandowski's calibre.

A move remains difficult, however. The lack of release clause in his contract means Bayern have all leverage, and while Balague claims Lewandowski will use contract negotiations as a means to move to Spain, that hardly seems like a safe plan.

The one hope Real have is Bayern will be unwilling to give in to Lewandowski's demands, similar to what happened with Toni Kroos, per Simon Rice of the Independent. But the Polish striker's contract doesn't expire until 2019, per Balague―unless he's willing to sit out and force Bayern's hand, it will be very difficult to make a deal.