Robert Lewandowski: PSG Wanted to Partner Barcelona Star With Mbappe, Were Ready to Sell Neymar to Fund Move

Robert Lewandowski: PSG Wanted to Partner Barcelona Star With Mbappe, Were Ready to Sell Neymar to Fund Move

  • Paris Saint-Germain were willing to let Neymar leave to raise funds to finance a move for Robert Lewandowski
  • The French champions had the desire to partner Lewandowski with Kylian Mbappe in a dream setup
  • Lewandowski was, however, only willing to join Xavi Hernandez's Barcelona, who eventually signed him

New details have emerged on Paris Saint-Germain's summer transfer activities. The French giants renewed Kylian Mbappe's contract, thus keeping off Real Madrid from getting hold of the world's most exciting talent.

They then sacked Mauricio Pochettino and replaced him with Christophe Galtier. Afterwards, there were no more high-profile activities as a couple of other players led by Valencia's Carlos Soler arrived.

Robert Lewandowski, Barcelona, Bayern Munich, PSG, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe
Robert Lewandowski has hit the ground running at Barcelona. Photo by Eric Alonso.
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But as Barca Universal reports, the Qatar-backed club were ready to buy Robert Lewandowski, who was at that time with Bayern Munich. The Pole striker had been adamant that his time in Bavaria was up.

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He did leave the club and joined Barcelona, where he has since hit the ground running. But had PSG moved a little bit quicker, Lewandowski would have traded Munich for Paris.

Barcelona needed time to sort out their financial books before bidding for Lewandowski. PSG, meanwhile, were ready to sell Neymar to get the striker.

New formation to accommodate both Mbappe and Lewandowski

The idea was to partner Mbappe and Lewandowski in a 4-4-2 formation. It is not yet clear where Lionel Messi could have featured in the setup, but PSG had earmarked Neymar for sale.

It was at the same time that rumours were rife that Mbappe wanted PSG to sell Neymar.

The transfer never saw the light of the day and Lewandowski has gone on to take La Liga by storm. He has scored 11 goals in his first 8 appearances. Neymar also stayed put in Paris and his resilience has been rewarded by a stellar start to the season.

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How Robert Lewandowski almost joined Blackburn Rovers

Sports Brief has also reported that Robert Lewandowski is a bona fide legend at Bayern Munich and is currently replicating his goal-scoring prowess at his new club Barcelona.

The Polish goal-wizard spent eight trophy-laden years at Bayern interlaced with a truckload of goals prior to his move to the Catalan giants this summer.

But before joining Borussia Dortmund in 2010, where he announced himself to the world as one of the deadliest strikers, the 34-year-old could have inked a deal with Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League.