Basketball sensation LeBron James could hand Liverpool a big advantage in regards to their pursuit of Kylian Mbappe, according to reports. The four-time NBA champion is currently a shareholder at Anfield, after all.
Such reports come from AS, who claim James could hold the key to Mbappe choosing Liverpool over Real Madrid. Both sporting icons are two of Nike’s biggest ambassadors, as a result.
Given Liverpool’s sponsorship with Nike, AS believe the two parties’ recent collaboration would ‘make it easier’ for Mbappe to choose the Reds over Madrid, who are endorsed by Adidas.
According to the report, Liverpool have been Madrid’s ‘number one rival’ for the signature of Mbappe from the get-go.
Indeed, if Liverpool were to move for Mbappe, it’s likely any potential deal would have to surpass the £165 million [BBC] fee Paris Saint Germain splashed out to sign him from Monaco in 2017.
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However, Mbappe’s current contractual situation can work in Liverpool’s favour, too. The 22-year-old’s PSG deal is due to expire in 2022. As a result, this summer represents the club’s best opportunity to secure the best deal for the club’s most valuable asset.
After all, recent reports from The Times indicate that Mbappe isn’t intent on extending his future with the French champions.
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Liverpool signing Mbappe, could then, hinge on whether the club were to sell one of their pedigreed front-three in the summer window.
Mohamed Salah has been heavily linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks, too. Reports of a potential exit follow an interview with AS where the Liverpool forward failed to rule out a move to Spain.
If Salah were to leave, one of two things would follow, then. For one, Liverpool themselves would command a nine-figure leaving fee. Also, this could directly fund a deal for Mbappe.
Signing Mbappe is arguably the one player on the market who is a guaranteed proven success. There is no better player currently available better suited to Liverpool, after all.
Also, given Salah is six years Mbappe’s senior, there is long-term value to be had in finding the ideal replacement.
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One thing is for sure, the addition of Mbappe is certainly a prospect Liverpool fans would welcome in the future.
Given LeBron James’ potential influence, many Kopites are convinced the Reds could have the upper hand once the summer window opens in just a few short months.