Barcelona president Joan Laporta has revealed that the club are 'flattered' that Robert Lewandowski wants to move to the Camp Nou this summer.
The Bayern Munich forward has made his intention of signing for Barça clear in recent months, even stating the following in mid-June: "I've asked the club for the go-ahead for a transfer. I think that in the current situation it's the best solution, especially as the club can still receive money from a transfer."
Lewandowski's attempts to make a move happen have seemingly been appreciated by Laporta who, in an interview with Marca, thanked the forward for his interest.
“Lewandowski is a Bayern player and I prefer to keep reserved on this matter," he said.
“I have respect for Bayern and I would not talk about another club’s player. We thank him for wanting to come to Barça and we are very flattered.”
Although the player is keen on a move, 90min understands that Bayern are standing firm with their €60m valuation with Barcelona's current bid falling way below that figure.
Barcelona's most recent offer for Lewandowski was in the €40m range, but sources close to Bayern believe an agreement closer to €50m could be reached.
Die Roten's sporting director Oliver Kahn has recently insisted that the club are 'looking forward' to welcoming Lewandowski back for pre-season training in the next few weeks: "As far as Robert is concerned, not much has changed. He has a contract until 2023 and we are looking forward to him showing up with us on the first day of training.
"Robert is evaluating the options of Barça and others. But it is good to remember that he has a contract with Bayern and, this is very important, we are not worried."