The Bayern Munich star’s representative says that his client had an offer to head to the Far East that would have seen him earn even more than Carlos Tevez at Shanghai Shenhua
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski turned down a record-breaking move to China, according to his agent.
Pogba predicts who will top Messi & Ronaldo
Cezary Kucharski claims the Polish striker could have earned in excess of €40 million (£34m) a year by moving to the Chinese Super League – making him the world’s highest-paid player ahead of Carlos Tevez, who recently joined Shanghai Shenhua.
But Lewandowski instead signed a new deal with Bayern in December that has tied him to the German club until 2021.
“I was contacted by an agent who brings stars to China,” Kucharski told SportoweFakty. “The club name wasn’t mentioned.
“If Lewy had decided to move to China, his salary would have been significantly higher than €40m, which means more than Carlos Tevez earns.”
When asked why the forward did not pursue the move, Kucharski replied: “It’s obvious: Lewy is not only younger but also a better player than Tevez.”
SportoweFakty reports that the unnamed club were willing to pay a transfer fee of €200m (£172m), which would have demolished the €105m world-record figure that Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba.
Despite the striker seemingly committing the rest of his prime years to Bayern, however, his agent did not completely rule out the possibility of Lewandowski seeking a new challenge in the future.
Forget Zizou – Ranieri is the Coach of the Year
“Robert is not for sale right now,” Kucharski added, “but I never say never. Life offers several solutions.”
Lewandowski, who has won four Bundesliga titles and been the division’s top goalscorer twice, has netted 12 times in 16 league games so far this season to help Bayern into first place.