For a large part of the summer, Bayern Munich were adamant that Robert Lewandowski was not for sale. However despite those protestations, the Polish striker finalized his move to FC Barcelona this Saturday. So what actually changed? Why did Bayern soften their stance?

Speaking to Bild, club CEO Oliver Kahn explained the bosses’ reasoning. The quotes are as follows (courtesy of @iMiaSanMia).

“In the end,” he continued, “FC Barcelona offered a fee that makes selling Lewandowski absolutely sensible for us. In addition, we have been very successful on the transfer market recently and signed an absolutely world-class player for the attack in Sadio Mane.”