CHELSEA have received a massive boost in their hopes of signing Robert Lewandowski after it was revealed Barcelona are unable to sign him.
Barcelona have long been the target of Lewandowski, who confirmed he would not sign a new contract with Bayern Munich before the end of next season.
But Spanish Football Federation president Javier Tebas has revealed Barcelona’s financial impact, meaning they won’t be able to sign him.
As reported by Mundo Deportivo, he said: “Barça cannot sign him today.
“Barcelona know what they have to do. He (Joan Laporta) knows perfectly our rules of economic control and his financial situation.”
“The rules are intended to avoid major economic problems in companies. I don’t know if he will sell De Jong, Pedri or Pepito Pérez. He knows what to do, sell assets and make more.”
Barcelona’s economic vice-president Eduard Romeu exacerbated the Spanish giants’ critical situation, revealing that the club need half a billion euros to bail out.
The club’s financial woes came to a head last season when superstar Lionel Messi could not be re-signed for breaching La Liga wage rules.
Lewandowski, 33, could leave German champions Bayern for just £20million if the striker triggers a loophole in Article 17 of Fifa Regulations that would allow him to buy out his own contract.
Such a reduced fee will be music to Barca boss Xavi’s ears, but with the Tebas revelation it will be of no use.
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That put Chelsea on a clean run at Lewandowski, who scored 50 goals in 46 games for Bayern last season.
The prolific Poland international won The Best FIFA Men’s Player awards in 2020 and 2021.
His credentials as a transfer target speak for themselves and with reports suggesting Chelsea could allow £100m flop Romelu Lukaku a return to Inter Milan, The Blues will have a vacancy to fill.
While Chelsea are no doubt bolstered by the news of Barca’s financial woes, Barcelona club president Joan Laporta remained defiant.
He said: “Given the league president’s statements that we cannot sign a player, I would like to remind him that it is his job to oversee the Professional Football League and the clubs.
“Therefore, I ask you not to comment on whether or not we can sign a certain player, because it clearly harms the interests of FC Barcelona.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5532660/lewandowski-chelsea-transfer-barcelona-cannot-buy/ Chelsea in Robert Lewandowski transfer push as La Liga boss claims Barcelona ‘can’t sign him today’