Robert Lewandowski has just one year left on his contract with Bayern Munich and is keen on leaving the German champions this summer.
Lewandowski has revealed he wants a move to Barcelona but President of the Spanish Football Association, Javier Tebas, has revealed Barcelona’s financial problems mean they cannot currently sign the Poland international.
Tebas said as quoted by Mundo Deportivo: “Barça, today, cannot sign him.
“Barcelona know what they have to do. He (Barcelona president Joan Laporta) knows perfectly our rules of economic control and his financial situation.
“The rules are to avoid major economic problems in the entities. I do not know if he will sell De Jong, Pedri or Pepito Pérez. He knows what he has to do, sell assets and earn more.”
As previously reported, Manchester United are ready to hijack the deal for Lewandowski if the move to Barcelona collapses.
Lewandowski, 33, could leave German champions Bayern for as little as £20million, if the striker triggers a loophole in Article 17 of Fifa’s regulations which would allow him to buy out his own contract.
That will be a big bargain for the Poland international striker who scored 50 goals in 46 games for Bayern last season.