According to L’Equipe, Liverpool have stepped up their interest in AS Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe.
Liverpool were first linked with the French striker in May with the Reds reported as having a mammoth £64 million bid rejected by AS Monaco. It wasn’t long afterwards that all rumours linking the Merseysiders with Mbappe disappeared.
Now, however, it would look as though Liverpool are set to step up their interest in Mbappe. At least, that’s according to French news outlet L’Equipe, who claim the Reds are ready to pursue the Frenchman.
Jürgen Klopp apparently met with the player’s representatives last month and has “propelled Liverpool into the hunt for the in-demand teenager.”
The biggest issue would be attracting him to Liverpool. Arsenal have already had an £87 million bid turned down and it looks likely that he will cost in excess of £100 million with Real Madrid hugely interested.
You’d have to ask yourself if Liverpool are a more attractive destination than Real Madrid, even if Mbappe wouldn’t get regular game time. The answer is, of course, no.
While Liverpool are likely to qualify for next season’s Champions League, Real Madrid have won the competition three times in the last four years – that’s just two times fewer than Liverpool as a whole.
That being said, Klopp’s meeting with Mbappe’s entourage is said to have brought Liverpool near to the front of the queue and the (enormous) matter of a transfer fee is the remaining issue.
Liverpool’s recent transfer history is slightly concerning and wouldn’t bode well if anyone reading this article harboured any serious desires of seeing Mbappe play at Anfield.
With the Reds narrowly avoiding disciplinary action from the Premier League following a “tapping up” incident with Virgil van Dijk, it wouldn’t come as a surprise if Klopp didn’t have permission to engage with Mbappe’s representatives.
Liverpool are also stalling on a move for Roma’s Mohamed Salah with the Italians asking for £12 million more than the £28 million bid that has already been rejected.
All in all, Liverpool’s transfer situation is not overly encouraging.