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Chelsea rejected by Robert Lewandowski after Barcelona secret transfer payments

This summer, Chelsea attempted to acquire Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, according to Joan Laporta, president of Barcelona.

The signing of the Polish international to Camp Nou was announced on Saturday, but the Blaugrana now asserts that Chelsea and French champions Paris Saint-Germain were also interested in acquiring the striker this month.

This disputes rumors that Bayern had no further offers for the 33-year-old player, while other reports claim additional Barca payments were made to seal the transaction, which will undoubtedly go down as one of the most intriguing of the summer transfer season.

According to a report from El Pais, Barca paid €60 million (£51 million) for the transfer, which is €10 million more than what both clubs initially disclosed. The report claims that this was done so that Barca could appear respectable in front of the public. Onda Cero, a Spanish radio station, reports that Lewandowski's agent Pini Zahavi received a €20 million payment to seal the transaction.

Laporta, the club president of Barcelona, said: "Like any great team, Barcelona needed a striker who can score and be incisive. The machine gunner Robert is. He has received the Golden Shoe several occasions. Every great team needs a striker who can guarantee goals, and he does just that.

We have a goal certainty with Robert, Ansu (Fati), and Auba (Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang). The length of careers has increased. In addition, Lewandowski's spouse is a dietician. When you are taken care of by a lady,"

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