Joan Laporta assured in Christensen's presentation that the Germans must be "valuing the offer" from Blaugrana
"You already know that we have made an offer for Lewandowski and we are waiting for Bayern's response. I want to thank the player for the gestures to come. They must be evaluating the offer and we are waiting for the answer, "said Joan Laporta this Thursday in the presentation of Andreas Christensen as a Blaugrana footballer. The maximum president culé no longer hides the interest in the Polish striker and waits to activate the second economic lever to continue advancing in the section of signings this summer.
The negotiation for Lewandowski continues to take steps in the direction that most interests Barcelona. After the step taken by the footballer, who has already declared to Bayern his desire to leave the club, now it is the entity chaired by Laporta that has taken the step forward, publicly acknowledging the negotiations for a player that they do not rule out incorporating even before activating the second economic lever. “Until we have the second lever of 15% of television rights, we will not incorporate more players. That is the general rule, but there may be some exceptions », he acknowledged when asked by the Polish striker.
Lewandowski's name hovered over the atmosphere throughout the welcome ceremony for Andreas Christensen, Barça's second signing for next season. “I really want to see the fans in the stadium, I can't wait to start. It's a dream come true », said the player at his debut as a Barça footballer. The Danish central defender, who arrives from Chelsea at zero cost, was presented this Thursday and joins Franck Kessié in the list of culé reinforcements that Xavi will be able to count on from now on in the preseason that the team is already carrying out.
Christensen, 26, signed his new contract as a Blaugrana at the foot of the pitch, at the Camp Tito Vilanova in the Ciutat Esportiva. There you could see a happy player with the new challenge that lies ahead, which he signs until 2026 and will have a termination clause of 500 million euros. «When he was eight years old he wrote that he wanted to be a Barça player. We want players who dream of being here, we are very grateful. The will that he wanted to come to Barça has been very positive, but I want to congratulate everyone who has worked on this incorporation. He comes from a great club and we are very satisfied », said Laporta, delighted with the new signing.
The brand new central defender of Barcelona posed before the media without a number and waiting, like Franck Kessié, for the culé club to activate the second lever and thus be able to register new players. If he succeeds, Christensen believes that he will adapt perfectly to the Blaugrana philosophy. «Xavi hasn't asked me for anything special, I'm here because of what I've become as a footballer. All the players want to go out on the pitch every week. There is competition and that is healthy because it will make me improve, but I think I fit in very well with the style of play that Barça practices, I don't have to change anything, "said the center-back.
A renewed defense
Christensen lands in a Barcelona that has set itself the goal in this market to renew the entire defensive plot. Xavi already told Lenglet and Umtiti more than a month ago that he didn't count on them, while Gerard Piqué was told that he was going to be relegated to the background. The former Sevilla player has a foot and a half outside, as Jordi Cruyff has recognized this Thursday. "We are close to an exit," acknowledged the sports advisor of the culé club, while Umtiti is looking for a destination even if it is through a transfer.
In this scenario, Christensen arrives with the idea of earning a place in Xavi's eleven. Not surprisingly, the Dane was a regular in Thomas Tuchel's plans last season at Chelsea, where he played 34 games. His arrival might not be the last in a defense in which the club is working to incorporate Jules Koundé and his former teammates Marcos Alonso and César Azpilicueta. "Chelsea's change of ownership slows everything down a bit. What has struck me the most is that the players when they hear the name of Barça open their eyes and are willing to lose money, it is a source of pride”, said Jordi Cruyff regarding the two Spanish defenders.