Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is set to join Barcelona after the two clubs reached an agreement in principle on the transfer, the clubs said on Saturday.
The 33-year-old has 12 months remaining on his Bayern contract and multiple media reports had said he was expected to sign a three-year deal with the 26-times Spanish champions.
“We have come to a verbal agreement with Barcelona,” Bayern president Herbert Hainer said in a statement.
“It’s good to have clarity for all parties. Robert is an incredible player and he won everything with us. We are incredibly grateful to him.”
Spanish media reported that Barcelona would pay around 45 million euros ($45.4 million) plus another five million in add-ons for the Poland striker.
Lewandowski took part in his last training session with Bayern on Saturday after which he was seen saying goodbye to his team mates, embracing each of them.
He was not present at the team presentation for the 2022-23 season later in the day. He is expected to join Barcelona on their pre-season U.S. tour, during which he is set to undergo a medical, Spanish media said.
“We spoke at length with our colleagues from Barcelona and clarified the details. He said farewell this morning,” Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said on the club’s website.
“After our trip to the U.S., he’ll come back one more time and we’ll have a coffee together. We wish him every success at his new club.”
The player’s contract with Barcelona is still pending, Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn said.
“We know very well what we have to thank Robert for, but great players have also left FC Bayern in the past, and even after that Bayern’s world did not fall apart. On the contrary, it often continued with even more success,” he added.
Lewandowski joined Bayern in 2014 from Borussia Dortmund and has won the Bundesliga every year since then, as well as the Champions League in 2020.
Named FIFA Best Men’s Player for the second straight year in January, Lewandowski said in May that his story with Bayern was over and he could not imagine staying on with the German champions. Read full story
The club were not eager to let the Bundesliga’s second-highest all-time scorer go, but Salihamidzic had confirmed Lewandowski did not accept an offer to extend his contract and was looking for a new experience elsewhere.
Bayern also announced that Germany forward Serge Gnabry, who had been linked by British media with a return to the Premier League, had extended his contract until 2026.
Rublev defaulted as Bublik reaches Dubai final – ARN News Centre
Second seed Andrey Rublev was defaulted from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships semi-finals on Friday after yelling at a line judge in the final set of his clash with Alexander Bublik.
In a chaotic match where both semi-finalists fumed at the officials, Rublev was defaulted by the chair umpire for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Bublik, who clawed his way back from a set down to lead 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 6-5, was awarded the win.
The result ensured there would be no repeat of last year’s final where Rublev lost to Daniil Medvedev.
The top seeded Medvedev is playing against fifth-seeded Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the other last-four clash.
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Ronaldo’s Al Nassr sets up ACL clash with Al Ain – ARN News Centre
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr will lock horns with UAE side Al Ain in the quarter-finals of the Asian Champions League (ACL).
The Riyadh-based side beat fellow Saudi Pro League outfit Al-Fayha 2-0 on Wednesday to complete a 3-0 aggregate victory.
Portugal winger Otavio scored in the 17th minute to build on last week’s 1-0 win before Ronaldo added a late second.
Elsewhere, Al Ain saw off Uzbekistan’s Nasaf 2-1, thanks to Soufiane Rahimi’s injury-time winner.
Following a scoreless first leg, Al Ain came back from going a goal behind to Akmal Mozgovoy’s close-range strike in the 51st minute to level through Kodjo Laba’s acrobatic effort four minutes later.
The game looked to be heading for extra time when Rahimi capitalised on a poor attempt to punch clear by Nasaf goalkeeper Abduvohid Nematov to slot home the winner for the hosts two minutes into added time.
South Korea’s Ulsan Hyundai also confirmed their progress to the next round with a 2-1 victory over Japanese second division side Ventforet Kofu to complete a 5-1 aggregate win.
Meanwhiel, Anderson Lopes’ 122nd-minute penalty earned Yokohama F Marinos a last-gasp 1-0 win over Bangkok United to seal a 3-2 victory that sets up a quarter-final meeting with China’s Shandong Taishan.
On Thursday, Saudi champions Al Ittihad will meet Navbahor from Uzbekistan in Jeddah following a scoreless draw in their first clash and Al Hilal take a 3-1 lead into their second leg against Iran’s Sepahan in Riyadh.
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Inaugural edition of Lanka T10 to kick off in December 2024
The inaugural edition of the Lanka T10 League will be held from December 12 to December 22, 2024.
The tournament, which was initially planned to be held in June 2023, was shifted to December, as SLC deemed the ‘December window’ as the most appropriate to conduct the league, as the timing will complement Sri Lanka’s Domestic and International Cricketing Calendar.
Lanka T10 League, Sri Lanka’s newest addition to its annual cricket calendar will feature some of the finest international stars along with Sri Lanka’s top international stars.
The action-packed competition will also provide opportunities for the brightest young talents in the country to mix, mingle, and play along with international stars.
” I have full confidence that this tournament will be a resounding success, contributing to Sri Lanka Cricket’s ability to stay current with the evolving trends in the game.,” said Shammi Silva, President, Sri Lanka Cricket.
Adding more thoughts on the Lanka T10 December tournament, Mr Shammi Silva added, “We foresee that this event will not solely captivate cricket enthusiasts, but also serve as a catalyst for popularizing the tournament broadly.”
Mr Anil Mohan, Founder and CEO, IPG Group shared, “This is a great stepping stone for us as we get to organise another exciting chapter in Sri Lankan Cricket. Our league unites the top international stars and local talent on an exciting platform for cricket enthusiasts worldwide. Together, we aim to make history and elevate the game with every thrilling match.”
The tournament will feature six men’s teams covering regional cricket picenters, with each team consisting of a squad of 16 players, along with six foreign players.
“We’re thrilled to bring T10 cricket to Sri Lanka, and we’re grateful to SLC for their support. This league holds added significance as it is formally endorsed by esteemed members like SLC, highlighting the credibility and excitement surrounding this new era in Sri Lankan cricket.” Shaji ul Mulk, Chairman of TTen Global Sports, representing the Event Rights Partner.
The matches will be played in some of Sri Lanka’s top international cricket venues and under lights.