Barcelona offers Lewandowski a new contract, but there are some problems

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Barcelona’s new sporting director Deco doesn’t have an endless to-do list in the coming months, with few market moves expected, but what he does have is complicated.

Deco has cast doubt on their ability to sign anyone in the January transfer window, including 18-year-old Brazilian striker Vitor Roque, who could be a major blow to Xavi Hernandez’s plans.

Working out whether they can fit Roque into their salary cap will be near the top of his list and newspaper Sport reports there are two other priorities on his agenda. One of them is the renewal of Frenkie de Jong and the other is the renewal of Robert Lewandowski.

The de Jong deal looks complicated but extremely possible as long as the Dutchman continues to feel at home in Barcelona. The latter can be a bit more difficult.

Lewa is on a three-year deal with an option for a fourth year, but his salary increases each year as part of his current deal. While he remains Xavi’s number one option, he will turn 36 next season and become the highest-paid player at the club, a situation considered far from ideal.

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Therefore, Deco will try to offer him a new one-year deal until 2025, keeping him under contract in the extreme situation that they want to serve him next year.

The Pole has often spoken of how happy he is at Barcelona and how little Saudi Arabia attracts him, but the Catalan daily say the Saudi Superliga remain very interested in the Polish striker and could push for a move next summer.

Depending on how he performs this year, Barcelona could consider selling him for what he can get next summer and easily make for a tricky situation. Equally, they will be keen to reduce his salary cap, with resources short in Catalonia.

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