Robert Lewandowski hasn’t yet signed a new contract at Bayern Munich, so his name remains rumor mill fodder, despite the extreme unlikelihood of him leaving the Bavarian giants. Real Madrid’s name is being pushed by Spanish media, who thus join the party of hopeless hopefuls, such as Chelsea, PSG, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Sources closer to the team remain quite clear that he’s not leaving, with Bayern president Herbert Hainer adding his two cents as well.
“Robert is the best striker in the world. He’s still got a two-year contract here, and I can well imagine we’ll keep him longer.”
-Herbert Hainer; source: FC Bayern Munich
Meanwhile, one veteran striker who had signed a new contract but is still probably leaving his team is Olivier Giroud, whose name continues to be rumor mill fodder, especially in Fair Italia, where after the initial shock of his extension, the consensus appears to be that the 34-year-old will be allowed to leave for free (or practically free).
According to Corriere dello Sport, he may even have already agreed in principle terms over a two-year deal with €4m in wages — though it’s likely that this report is just repackaging old information.
If you made it this far, here’s a bit of new information, which comes from not-great sourcing, but Ike Ugbo is unlikely to make headline news in most of the usual outlets. According to All Nigeria Soccer, the 22-year-old Chelsea striker has narrowed down his list of potential next destinations to three teams (from quite a few), namely Watford, Eintracht Frankfurt, and Racing Genk. Watford seem to be the most consistent name popping up in these reports, for what it’s worth.
Ugbo had his best year as a professional last season, scoring 17 goals in 34 games for Cercle Brugge in the Belgian top division. But they passed on a £5m buy-option, so it’s back to the drawing board for the Academy graduate, who has one year left on his Chelsea contract.