A Bayern Munich chief has sent a warning to Barcelona after a third bid for Robert Lewandowski was reportedly rejected.
After two previous unsuccessful approaches, the Catalan giants recently made another offer for the Poland striker, but it was reportedly turned down.
It is claimed that bid was €40 million (R678 million) guaranteed, with €5 million (R84 million) in add-ons, but the German side was not interested as they hold out for their desired price tag.
With Lewandowski's contract at Bayern expiring at the end of the 2022/23 season, the forward has publicly admitted he wants to leave the Allianz Arena, but the Bundesliga champions appear unwilling to budge from their €50 million (R848 million) valuation of the player.
To add insult to Barca's injury, Bayern honorary president Uli Hoeness has now warned the Spanish giants' that their pursuit for the 33-year-old is futile.
"I don't know anything about a new offer," the 70-year-old said at a sports congress in Neuland, per Marca.
"But as things stand in Munich, what I have heard is that Barcelona should save themselves the effort of making another offer."
However, Lewandowski's former agent Maik Barthel believes the striker could go AWOL in order to force Bayern's hand.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Robert goes on strike and does not show up to pre-season with Bayern," he said, per Barca Universal.
"He already thought about it in 2013, when Dortmund would not sell him [to Bayern, which they did eventually]."
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