When Robert Lewandowski dumped his long-time agent in favor of superagent Pini Zahavi in February, the assumption was that it would be a precursor to a blockbuster move in the summer. “Now it’s time for me to do my job,” said Zahavi back then and it’s clear that he’s been working on an angle or two in the background ever since.
We had assumed that Lewandowski would be Real Madrid-bound eventually, but to keep things interesting, ultra-rich Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are also supposedly in the hunt. And for some reason, Chelsea are often thrown in as well, which means we have to keep paying attention.
Now that the club season is officially over, it’s time for Zahavi to truly get to work. Step one: officially inform the Bayern hierarchy of Lewandowski’s desire to leave.
“Robert feels he needs a change and a new challenge in his career. The managers of Bayern know about it.”
-Pini Zahavi; source: Sport Bild via Goal
Pini Zahavi should be a familiar name. He gets what he wants, normally. After all, this is the same man who engineered Neymar’s record breaking transfer from Barcelona to PSG last summer.
More pertinently, Zahavi is also the same man who not only helped Roman Abramovich acquire Chelsea back in 2003, but also helped in the transfer of the players that followed that summer, earning a reported £5 million from the £111 million that was spent. Zahavi was also involved in the Ashley Cole tapping-up controversy, though the superagent maintained his innocence all along while Chelsea, Mourinho, and Cole’s agent were rung up on record fines.
SPORTBILD |— Bayern mania (@Bayern_mania) May 29, 2018
- Bayern have been officially informed that Lewandowski wants to leave the club.
- The interested teams in Lewy are PSG, Chelsea and Man United.
- Bayern ready to sell Jérome Boateng if a good offer comes
- Bayern are willing to sell: Bernat, Vidal and Thiago pic.twitter.com/4Nv6Nzj3Ow
All that said, Chelsea seem to be back in the striker market this summer (top of our list?). Álvaro Morata has already been linked with a sensational exit just twelve month after setting the Chelsea transfer record, and the likes of Lewandowski, Icardi, or Higuain have been linked with replacing him for even more money. And that’s before we consider what £50m-rated Michy Batshuayi’s future may entail.
Whatever the reason may be, it seems that Lewandowski to Chelsea rumours are far from over ... unless someone (PSG?) pulls a Fabinho on him a la Liverpool while the Blues are still trying to just figure out who the coach may be for next season.