Kylian Mbappe reportedly met with Robert Lewandowski over the summer in the hopes of persuading the Pole to join Paris Saint-Germain..
When Lewandowski expressed a desire to leave Bayern Munich, he was linked with a number of clubs, but it is believed that the striker’s first choice was always Barcelona.
The 34-year-old joined Camp Nou in the middle of July and has been in excellent scoring form for the Catalan side this season, scoring 18 goals in 19 appearances and registering four assists.
Meanwhile, Lewandowski scored 344 goals in 375 appearances for Bayern, establishing himself as one of the best centre-forwards in the world during his time at Allianz Arena..
However, the centre-forward had also been linked with a move to PSG, and according to Le Parisien, Mbappe was desperate for Lewandowski to join him in Paris.
According to the report, the France international met with the striker in Cannes in the hopes of persuading him to leave Barcelona for Paris..
Mbappe allegedly saw Lewandowski as the ideal centre-forward to play alongside, believing that if he played alongside the Pole, he could reach a new level.
However, the striker is said to have stated unequivocally that he only wanted to move to Camp Nou..
Mbappe and Lewandowski will now meet in the World Cup last-16 on Sunday, with France taking on Poland for a place in the quarter-finals.
In three appearances at the tournament in Qatar, Lewandowski has one goal and one assist.
The Poland captain scored against Saudi Arabia on November 26, but he could not prevent his team from losing 2-0 to Argentina the following week.
Mbappe, meanwhile, has three goals and one assist in the tournament, scoring twice in France’s 2-1 victory over Denmark on November 26 to secure their place in the tournament’s last-16 round..
The forward was only a late substitute in France’s 1-0 loss to Tunisia on November 30, with Didier Deschamps making a number of changes for the final group game.
The winner of the last-16 match between France and Poland will face either England or Senegal in the competition’s quarter-finals
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