Joan Laporta

A war of words has begun between Barcelona and Bayern Munich over Robert Lewandowski’s recent transfer.

The striker joined Barca for £42.5 million earlier this summer after eight seasons and 344 goals with Bayern.

Despite facing financial difficulties, Barcelona have still managed to spend big money on the likes of Lewandowski, Raphinha and Franck Kessie this summer.

In quotes carried by the Mirror, Barcelona President Joan Laporta said: ‘I would tell [Bayern] to look at their checking account, that important money has come in because of Lewandowski.

‘What they do is distort reality. They have not calibrated the strength of Barça. To those who are surprised, I say that we are very awake.

‘We are back on the market. The weight, strength and value of an entity with more than 122 years of history is a lot.’

His comments came after Bayern manager Julian Nagelsmann voiced his concerns about the Catalan club’s transfer strategy. He said: ‘[Barca] is the only club in the world that have no money, but then buy all the players they want.

‘I don’t know how they do it. It’s a bit strange, a bit crazy.’

A falling out between Nagelsmann and Lewandowski is thought to be one reason behind the striker’s transfer.

Despite facing debts of £1b, Barca do appear to be on track to register their expensive new signings after selling a portion of their TV rights, although they may still have to sell Frenkie de Jong and Memphis Depay.

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