Liverpool and Real Madrid are in a transfer battle over three players, according to various reports. The two clubs could define each other’s future.
Not one, not two but three players are reportedly in the transfer crosshairs of both Liverpool and Real Madrid. That’s quite a few.
The latest is Sporting full-back Nuno Mendes. Goal and A Bola journalist Bruno Andrade makes that claim.
Mendes would cost around £36m and Sporting have already rejected a Liverpool bid. Real merely wait in the wings.
The second? David Alaba.
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The Guardian claims that Real lead that particular race but that Liverpool are interested, too. Alaba will be a free transfer, given his contract expires at the end of the season.
Both teams can therefore formally offer him contracts from this month.
Then there’s the big one: Kylian Mbappe. You can bet that both teams would happily give up the others to secure him.
AS mention the transfer fight there. Both Real and Liverpool want him – with the Reds a real threat to Los Blancos’ plans.
What RTK has to say
How exciting! All our transfers that get the imagination flowing and everyone would be thrilled with any of them.
The reality, though, is that each is quite complicated.
Mendes, for starters, is over-priced. £36m for an 18-year-old full-back from Liga NOS? We can’t imagine either team paying that, given who they already have.
Alaba will cost anyone a fortune in wages. Liverpool, in particular, surely won’t pay them. There just isn’t that much need for the Austrian.
Bizarrely, the easiest to secure might be Mbappe. There’s little risk there, if you can it done. Paris Saint-Germain would likely want their £165m back for him but if you’re got the funds, it’s cut and dry.
His contract expires in 2022 and thus he may be up for grabs. And like we say – if either club can sign any of the three, they’ll got for Mbappe.
This all sounds more exciting that it actually is, of course. It’s unlikely that both clubs will be gung-ho for all three players.
What it does tell us, though, is that Liverpool are eating at the top table for arguably the first time in their history.