Contract Clause: Lewandowski Could Leave Barcelona Soon

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Robert Lewandowski

Robert Lewandowski will be remembered as one of the most prolific strikers of the modern age, and he has built on that record and reputation at Barcelona.

The 35-year-old striker signed a four-year contract with Barcelona in the summer of 2022 for a reported initial transfer cost of €45 million.

This followed a great spell with Bayern Munich, when he scored 344 goals in 375 games, winning the Bundesliga title on eight occasions and the Champions League during a trophy-laden tenure at the Allianz Arena.

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In Spain, the striker has maintained his propensity for finding the back of the net, scoring 30 goals in his debut season in La Liga. Lewandowski has eight goals in his second season with Barcelona so far this season.

As things stand, Lewandowski’s contract is set to expire in the summer of 2026, which means he has two and a half years left on his term.

It means that Barcelona will have the striker on their books until then, unless another team makes an offer that the Spanish club cannot refuse. However, there is another route for Lewandowski to depart the Camp Nou before the end of his contract.

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According to a Spanish publication sport, Barcelona has the option to terminate Lewandowski’s contract early by a year based on his game time during his third season with the club.

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If Lewandowski does not start or play at least 45 minutes in at least 55% of Barcelona’s matches that season, the Camp Nou club has the option to terminate his contract early by 12 months.

The Catalan club would win financially from this, given Lewandowski’s pay rose every year for the first three seasons of his contract before being reduced in the final year.

According to the publication, releasing Lewandowski a year early would save Barcelona €26 million in payments the striker would otherwise be due.

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Shyam Sharma who joined SPORTS BIG NEWS in 2021. Focuses on soccer – chiefly the Premier League, LaLiga, UEFA Champions League, Liga MX and MLS. On occasion, also covers American sports, general news and entertainment. Fascinated by the language of sport – particularly the under-appreciated art of translating cliché-speak.