Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski reportedly still dreams of playing for Real Madrid and sees the 2018 summer transfer window as the perfect time to finally make his move to the Spanish capital.
According to Jose Felix Diaz of Marca, the Poland international hasn't made a secret of his desire to play for Los Blancos over the years, leading to constant speculation.
The move has never come to fruition, but Diaz wrote: "It's an idea that remains in his head, and the striker believes that the market can offer him that possibility in the summer."
Lewandowski's agent, Cezary Kucharski, is said to keep regular contact with the La Liga giants, and he reportedly made an approach during the January transfer window, a big step towards a possible move in the summer.
The 29-year-old has been among the world's most consistent strikers for the past few years, as shared by bet365:
Robert Lewandowski: 2014-15: 31 goals 2015-16: 51 goals 2016-17: 54 goals 2017-18: 30 goals and counting... Another level. https://t.co/sAuswoZvUJ2018-2-6 18:03:24
He's been with Bayern since 2014, when he joined the Bavarians on a free transfer from rivals Borussia Dortmund. Die Roten have relied heavily on him ever since, and the club has won the Bundesliga title in every season with the Polish star.
UEFA Champions League success has evaded the Germans in that span, however, and Real's pedigree in Europe's top club competition likely contributes to Lewandowski's desire to move to Spain.
Los Blancos haven't received a lot of production from their forwards in La Liga this season, as not a single one of their players ranks among the competition's top 10 scorers. Cristiano Ronaldo is starting to show his age, and Karim Benzema has struggled for form and fitness.
Lewandowski has had no such struggles:
Convincing Bayern to sell could prove tricky, as Lewandowski's contract doesn't run out until 2021, per Diaz. He's still in his prime, so the Bundesliga champions have no real reason to cash in, and they don't have a star talent at the position ready to take his place.
The Bavarians tend to lock up most of Germany's top youngsters and could go hunting for their next star striker with the transfer fee they would fetch for Lewandowski. The Bundesliga isn't shy on attacking talent, and the likes of Timo Werner and Davie Selke could entice Bayern.