Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller are closing in on the Bundesliga’s record goal-haul for a partnership and according to recent reports, the Bavarians are all set to spend big to keep the duo together.
Mueller netted twice and Lewandowski scored their third in Saturday’s 3-1 comeback win at home to Darmstadt for the runaway league leaders.
It was Bayern’s last game before Tuesday’s crunch Champions League last 16, first-leg clash at last season’s finalists Juventus.
Lewandowski is the German league’s top scorer with 22 goals, from 21 games, with Mueller on 17. It leaves the pair with 39 Bundesliga goals between them and 56 in all competitions this season.
They are chasing Grafite and Edin Dzeko’s league record of 54 league goals in the 2008/09 season when Wolfsburg won the title.
Lewandowski’s deal until 2019 currently pays him around nine million euros ($10 million) per season, while last December Mueller signed a bumper extension until 2021 -- worth a reported 15 million euros per year.
But Bayern want to offer Lewandowski a two-year extension -- and would need to raise his pay to around the 18 million euros Real Madrid reportedly wanted to pay him.
With the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain also said to be chasing him, Bayern need to ensure their star is happy -- and at least as well paid as his team-mate.
German magazine Sport Bild say the first round of contract talks took place in early February when Lewandowski’s advisors Maik Barthel and Cezary Kucharski met club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and financial director Christian Dreesen.
Kucharski had stirred things up by saying there was “something in” rumours that Real were trying to sign Lewandowski.
However, the Spanish giants now appear to have given up the chase.
Marca journalist Carlos Carpio tweeted on Friday that chasing Lewandowski’s signature is no longer “considered a priority” by Real, because “he is close to renewing with Bayern”.