FC Barcelona took the footballing world by storm when they announced the signing of Robert Lewandowski last month.
For a club going through its worst financial crisis in years, the capture of one of the greatest strikers of the twenty-first century was always going to be a big deal.
But Barcelona has not only managed to secure his signing but also convinced the striker to wait for a move to Camp Nou by rejecting proposals from other clubs such as Chelsea.
So naturally, the two parties may have been in agreement long before the transfer was announced last week. Various reports suggest Barça is set to pay €50 million to sign the Bayern Munich forward.
But the club’s agreement with the player is much more complicated, as revealed by Diario SPORT.
The report from the Spanish news outlet suggests there are multiple special clauses present in Lewandowski’s contract, one of which entails that Barça must offer the number nine shirt to the forward.
While there are no doubts over the fact that Lewandowski is going to wear the number nine kit next season
However, it appears Barcelona is contractually bound to do so, as part of the clause that states that the club must offer him the number in order to help the player promote his brand ‘RL9’.