It is beginning to look almost inevitable that Robert Lewandowski will end up playing for Real Madrid at some point in his career.
It is no secret the Polish international has ambitions to appear at the Bernabeu week-in, week-out and although Bayern Munich are confident of keeping the forward in Germany for the immediate future, we might not be too far away from witnessing another huge transfer.
Lewandowski's current deal with the German champions expires in 2019 and Madrid are hoping to swoop in before the 27-year-old can extend his stay in Munich any longer.
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But, as seems to be the case in modern football, it is actually Lewandowski's agent, Cezary Kucharski, who holds most of the cards for any agreement with the Champions League winners to be made.
Spanish newspaper AS are even claiming Kucharski took advantage of both parties facing off in a pre-season fixture earlier this week to have a meeting with both Florentino Perez and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
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No exact details from the meeting have been revealed as of yet, but we can certainly assume Lewandowski was the main topic of conversation.
Carlo Ancelotti's side are understandably reluctant to let their striker leave but Rummenigge's recent comments regarding the contract offer Lewandowski should expect might set a few alarm bells off.
Rummenigge is firmly against the crazy amounts of money players are earning today and he has sent Lewandowski an early warning to expect a significant pay rise.
He told Bild: "We have had a number of meetings with Lewandowski's agents. We are ready to renew his contract.
"We will definitely not sell him. But we have always been willing to change a player's contract if the situation or his value changes.
"We will not be paying the kind of wages on offer at Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, though. We are paying some very good wages, but those clubs are paying crazy figures."
With Jese Rodriguez's move to Paris Saint-Germain thought to be in the final stages of completion, Kucharski was hoping to negotiate a move for his client this summer but there has been no significant progress as of yet.
Following Alvaro Morata's return to form, Zinedine Zidane would have a tough task trying to keep all of his attacking options happy over the course of the season if Lewandowski also joined the club.