Paris Saint Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino could allow Kylian Mbappe to leave the club this summer, according to reports. The 22-year-old forward has been heavily tipped with a move to Liverpool.
This comes from The Express. They claim that PSG are looking to sign Lionel Messi and Sergio Aguero and that the club could use Mbappe’s sale to fund such a move.
Former Tottenham Hotspur manager Pochettino is set to embark on a significant spending spree this summer, with a number of key targets already in mind.
Amongst PSG’s most wanted all-stars are Argentine duo Messi and Aguero. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has been considered, too.
However, in order for the French champions to sign the aforementioned targets, some of the club’s highest earners will have to leave first.
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The Express claims that Mbappe’s departure is among the most likely.
Mbappe has a contract at the Parc de Princes that is due to expire in 2022, after all.
With that said, this summer represents the club’s best opportunity to secure the best possible deal for arguably PSG’s most valuable asset.
Also, Mbappe has already told his current club side that he is intent on securing a new challenge elsewhere next season, as per The Times.
As such, the World Cup-winning forward has refused to be drawn into fresh contract talks with PSG.
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Indeed, Mbappe to Liverpool is a dream scenario. However, there are still a number of factors that must be considered first.
Pochettino’s influence in the coming months could have a major influence on whether Mbappe chooses to stay or leave, after all.
On the other hand, if Messi were to leave Barcelona for PSG, this would certainly work in Liverpool’s favour.
Messi’s arrival also effectivley rules out the possibility of the club selling Neymar to fund such a deal.
The Brazilian is reportedly one of the main reasons Messi is intent of joining PSG, after all.
Messi, then, will command an eye-watering wage meaning Mbappe’s sale is arguably the only way to free up such extraordinary funds.
Whether or not Liverpool will look to capitalise on Mbappe’s uncertain future remains to be seen, however.
Much still hinders on whether the club choose to sell any of the club’s pedigreed front-three in the summer.
Still, an Mbappe scenario could arise if Mohamed Salah were to join Real Madrid for example. The 28-year-old has been identified as Zinedine Zidane’s No.1 target, after all, as per talkSPORT.
If such a series of events were to arise, Liverpool would require a direct replacement for a player who has clocked up a whopping 111 goals and 45 assists in just three-and-a-half years.
In Mbappe, there is arguably no better-attacking alternative currently on the market.
Indeed, it will take an eye-watering fee to sign the France international, but if the need and availability match up from Liverpool’s behalf, a move shouldn’t be ruled out.