At a time when transfer fees are spiralling out of control – with Neymar joining Paris Saint-Germain for €222 million and Kylian Mbappe for a reported €165m on a permanent deal next summer – many in the game were lamenting the fact that money was spoiling things for all but the very, very rich.
Bayern have a tried and tested business model that has served them well in the Bundesliga and in Europe where they’ve won five crowns, but Lewandowski is challenging it in light of the threat presented by clubs flush with Middle East oil and gas wealth.
PSG and Manchester City have changed the game in that respect with those clubs – moderately successful historically – now offering vast salaries and “projects” to any signing that catches their eye.
He is known as a fearsomely ambitious individual, whose desire for success was brought into the spotlight at the end of last season when revealing his frustration at losing out on the Bundesliga top-scorer award to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
Bayern have signed intelligently this summer with Niklas Sule, Sebastian Rudy and Corentin Tolisso joining on a permanent basis, but are those going to kick them to the next level in Europe when PSG are bringing Neymar and Mbappe on board?
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