Lewandowski Snubbed World Record-Breaking Move To China

Robert Lewandowski celebrates his goal against PSV Eindhoven.

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Robert Lewandowski was offered a world record offer in excess of €40 million per year from a Chinese club, but he has no plans to leave Bayern Munich now, his agent Cezary Kucharski has claimed.

Lewandowski signed a new deal with the Bundesliga champions through to 2021 only in late December.

However, the Polish goal machine was one of the players sought after by Chinese Super League, his agent Kucharski admitted in an interview with SportoweFakty.

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“I was contacted by an agent who brings stars to China,” Kucharski said. “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.”

Tevez decided to join Shanghai Shenhua after leaving Boca Juniors last month. The Chinese side paid a £9m ($11m) transfer fee to land the striker, and while it was earlier rumoured that he would earn an astonishing £615,000 ($760,632) a week as per the deal, reports in China now suggest it will be significantly less.

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The total deal over two years is said to be £32.5m ($40m) including the transfer fee, which works out at £226,000 per week, and that would eventually leave Tevez significantly behind the reported salaries for Cristiano Ronaldo (£288,000 after tax) and Lionel Messi (£256,000 after tax).

Kucharski also stated Lewandowski never considered the offer because “it’s obvious: Lewy is not only younger but also a better player than Tevez,” adding that the 28-year-old star never thought about the offer and it always remained “a hypothetical” idea to leave Bayern Munich at this moment.

“Robert is not for sale right now,” Kucharski said. “But I never say never. Life offers several solutions.”

SportoweFakty further claimed that the unnamed club was ready to pay a transfer fee around €200m.


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