Robert Lewandowski could have ended up in Real Madrid in 2014 - claims 'AS'.
The 28-year-old striker left Borussia Dortmund for Bavaria on a free transfer three years ago. But, AS claim Los Blancos had the chance to break that arrangement, had the met his £17million buy-out clause.
However, Florentino Perez hesitated because he was not prepared to let Karim Benzema leave. Lewandowski first came to the attention of Real Madrid after his four-goal showing against them for Dortmund in 2013.
From that moment, Perez decided the Poland international was “born to play for Real Madrid”. However, any transfer would surely have meant letting Benzema leave — and the Bernabeu president was not prepared to let that happen.