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Guardiola questions how Barcelona can afford Lewandowski trs

The veteran forward wants a move away from Bavaria, with Camp Nou a likely destination - but the former coach of both clubs wonders about the cost

Pep Guardiola has questions over how Barcelona can afford to buy Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich, but admits the Poland striker would be a great fit for the Blaugrana.

The veteran attacker is in the midst of a public dispute over his future with the Bundesliga champions, with the forward set on a move away, likely to Camp Nou.

But with a year left on his contract, any switch would require the notoriously cash-strapped Barca to fork out a significant sum - and Guardiola wonders if they will be able to afford it at all.

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What did Guardiola say about Barcas pursuit of Lewandowski?

I have no idea, to be honest, but would he be a good fit? Guardiola stated at the Puma Legends Trophy, where he was set to play at Pula Golf Resort.

We are talking about Lewandowski. He would adapt perfectly well anywhere.

But I dont know if Barcelona can sign him because of their financial situation or if Bayern [Munich] will let him leave.

While Guardiola - as both a former Barca and Bayern boss - has offered a more sanguine assessment, former Munich president Uli Hoeness has launched another broadside at the player and his agent Pini Zahavi, implying they are lashing out after failing to secure a quick exit.

At the moment, things havent gone quite the way he and especially hisspecialagent wanted them to, and theyre angry, he toldSPORT1. I would recommend all parties involved to remain objective, not to let the matter escalate, and then the sun will soon shine again over the Lewandowski/Bayern Munich house.

Ive always said that if you dont have an alternative who you think can replace him to some extent - and it looks like thats difficult at the moment - then I would definitely advocate, like everyone else at the club, that he stays for another year.

I think they are working very intensively on the new team and if all of the players will come which they presented to me this week, then I see a good chance that we have a great team next year - with Robert Lewandowski.

As the transfer saga over his future continues to rumble on, Lewandowski remains frustrated in his options - but continues to stress his decision is not inflated by a sense of underappreciation, tellingBild: I am not an egoist.

I know what I had at FC Bayern and appreciate it very much. I also know that I have been doing my best for eight years not to disappoint the club and the fans. After this time, I feel its time for a new stage.

Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic however reaffirmed the clubs stance has not changed, adding: Robert Lewandowski called me today.

Among other things, we talked about his public statements of the past few days. I clearly explained our position on his contract situation to him.

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