BAYERN MUNICH are demanding a £52million fee to sell Robert Lewandowski, according to reports.
Lewandowski, 33, has publicly asked to leave the German champions this summer as he enters the final year of his contract.
He has Barcelona at heart despite interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
Bayern refuse to let him go on the cheap and sky sports claim they will only sell for £52million.
This will undoubtedly deal a blow to cash-strapped Barcelona who are trying to improve their squad on a tight budget by seeking cheap transfers and free agents.
The Spanish giants have debts of over half a billion euros, which means they are desperate not to rack up any additional costs.
This factor contributed to their willingness to allow midfielder Frenkie de Jong to leave for United, who are reportedly close to agreeing a £69m deal for the Dutchman.
The £52m price tag is also a massive increase on previous reports which suggested Lewandowski would be available for a transfer at just £34m.
Lewandowski scored 50 goals in 46 games last season and has shown no signs of slowing down with age.
While movement on his departure remains slow, the Bavarians wasted no time in bringing in his replacement in the form of ex-Liverpool star Sadio Mane.
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The Senegal ace joined Bayern earlier this month in a deal worth £35million.
They have also bolstered their midfield with the acquisition of Ryan Gravenberch for £21million, who was the subject of an 11th-hour bid by new United boss Erik ten Hag to bring to Old Trafford .