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Report: Liverpool in, Barcelona out as record Kylian Mbappe price set

Liverpool are in the race for Kylian Mbappe after his performance against Barcelona, according to reports. The Catalonians are not, however.

This comes from Le Parisien. They explain that Kylian Mbappe could leave Paris Saint-Germain but he won’t be offer to Barcelona.

He destroyed the Catalonians last night, of course, running riot with a hattrick – the first Champions League hattrick at Camp Nou.

Thus interest is at a high-point right now, given his contract situation.

Mbappe has one year left after this one, meaning PSG either sell this summer or risk losing him for nothing. A tough choice, then.

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They have a way around the decision, though. You can sign Mbappe as long as you meet a record fee.

It would cost €200m (£173m) to sign Mbappe this summer and everyone at PSG is happy with that figure. It would be far and away their record sale, after all.

It would also be a record fee for anyone willing to pay it. There are three such teams – Real Madrid, Manchester City and Liverpool.

All have the funds, apparently, and it’s just a case of deciding if they want to make it happen this year. It’s still an enormous risk, of course.

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Liverpool would have to think the rest of their team is perfect before paying that amount. And not just perfect right now but perfect for the next few years.

That’s the financial cost of Mbappe. You’re not doing major business again for a little while.

Because that £173m is just the transfer fee – it doesn’t include his £26m-a-year salary. We’re talking £277m total for a four-year deal.

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And we haven’t even mentioned bonuses!

You can certainly make a chunk of that back by selling Mbappe before his contract expires. That’s what PSG might do, after all.

But it’s still a high-risk transfer that will affect the club for years financially. Is Mbappe really worth that?

Anyone watching last night will say yes, he probably is.

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