Barcelona president Joan Laporta confirmed his club have made an offer for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski and are waiting for a response.
Lewandowski, 33, has been at the centre of a transfer saga since he said he would not renew his Bayern contract in May and expressed a desire to leave.
The Athletic reported on Wednesday that Barcelona had agreed personal terms with Lewandowski ahead of the potential move and had tabled a €40 million offer to the Bavarian club.
Laporta confirmed on Thursday, at the unveiling of new signing Andreas Christensen, that Barcelona were still waiting to hear back on their proposal.
“We absolutely respect Bayern,” Laporta said. “You know we have made an offer for the player and that we are waiting for a response, and we believe it will be positive.”
Barcelona’s summer has been hamstrung by their financial constraints and need to balance the books before the end of June.
Despite having deals agreed well in advance, they only announced the signings of Christensen and Franck Kessie, on free transfers from Chelsea and AC Milan respectively, in the past few days.
They came after Barcelona announced the first of their economic “levers” — selling 10 per cent of their TV rights for the next 25 years for €267 million to US firm Sixth Street.
Lewandowski, meanwhile, has scored 344 goals in 375 games for Bayern, including 98 over the past two seasons.
In May, the Poland international said: “My story with Bayern has come to an end, I cannot imagine further good cooperation.
“I hope they will not stop me (from leaving) just because they can. A transfer is the best solution for everyone.”