Liverpool are reportedly in regular contact with Kylian Mbappe over a potential transfer next summer.
According to L’Equipe, the Premier League champions are set to battle Real Madrid in an attempt to land the World Cup-winning forward from Paris Saint Germain in the summer of 2021.
Liverpool have been in discussion with the 21-year-old’s entourage with Mbappe confirming he intends to put an end to a four-year spell at the Parc des Princes after the conclusion of the 2020/21 campaign.
The Times recently reported that Mbappe intends to leave PSG at the end of this season to further his career elsewhere.
PSG do not want to lose one of the world’s biggest superstars who has scored 77 goals in 102 Ligue 1 and Champions League matches since his arrival, and have made multiple offers of substantially improved financial terms.
Mbappé, however, has made it clear that his plan is to play one more season in Paris, effectivley allowing the Ligue 1 champions just one final summer window to recoup as much of the £165 million investment they made in 2017.
The former Monaco forward has talked on more than one occasion about his admiration for Liverpool. “What Liverpool do in this moment is amazing,” he said back in January.
“They’re like a machine, they’ve found a rhythm and are like ‘we play again, we play again’. When you watch you think everything’s easy, but that’s not easy. The guys are focused, they play games every three days and they win, they win, they win.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has previously ruled out the prospect of signing Mbappe after the club were extensively touted with a move for the forward back in January.
“Buying this calibre of player is difficult. I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG,” Klopp told reporters earlier this year.
“I don’t see any club, that is how it is. And we are involved in the clubs that cannot do it. It is as easy as that.
“OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him. What a player he is. But it is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance. Sorry for killing that story.”
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The global phenomenon that is Mbappe would be a welcomed addition at Anfield but there are certain to be financial issues surrounding a deal given the inevitable gargantuan transfer fee that would come with a player who has been dubbed as destined to win the Ballon d’Or.
If Liverpool were to move for a player of Mbappe’s calibre, given their self-sustaining model, it would surely dictate that the club would have to sell one of their star assets to fund such an eye-watering transfer fee.
Mbappe is contracted with PSG until 2022 and his determination to leave next year could prompt the Champions League runners-up to consider selling the Frenchman before his contract runs out and risk losing the player on a free.
However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that Liverpool will look to join a bidding war come the end of the season.
The dynamic could change if any of their current pedigreed front-three, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino were to leave the club for a big-money move with all three aforementioned names currently 28 and firmly in the peak of their respective careers.
The Times add that if a club such as Real Madrid or Barcelona were to match the valuation Liverpool deem appropriate to befit the quality of a player such as Mane, Firmino or Salah then the club could be forced to condone a potential sale.
Liverpool’s business model is built on a forward-thinking approach. Given the club have reaped the rewards of their irreplaceable front-three for the best part of three years, the Reds will know better than most that time is limited in football, and could already be looking at ways of integrating the next set of generational talents to replace what has been the best forward trident in world football over the previous three seasons.
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