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Duncan Castles claims Mbappe has told friends of his desire to join Liverpool

Duncan Castles has claimed on the Transfer Window Podcast that Kylian Mbappe has told friends that he is interested in playing for Liverpool.

Mbappe, 22, has been heavily touted with an Anfield switch in recent months, with Jurgen Klopp one of the chief attractions in the Frenchman tempted by the proposition of joining Liverpool.

The World Cup-winning forward’s contractual situation at Paris Saint Germain is still unresolved, after all, and his future has been one of the most heavily discussed topics this year.

And Mbappe has reportedly revealed to friends that he would welcome the opportunity to play for Liverpool if the chance were ever made available.

However, there is no doubt that if the Reds were to prioritise the signing of arguably the most lucrative player currently on the market, FSG and Klopp would have to be willing to pay a nine-figure sum as well decimate the club’s wage structure to land the former Monaco talisman.

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Klopp previously ruled out the possibility of signing Mbappe back in November 2019, per Bleacher Report. The Liverpool boss attributed a lack of finances as one of the principal reasons why a deal wasn’t fathomable.

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Castles on Mbappe

“Of the clubs that are looking at Mbappe, the ones he has an interest in are Manchester United, Liverpool in particular, Real Madrid and Barcelona,” Castles said.

“Those are the four clubs he has identified as potential candidates.

“I think Liverpool have an opportunity should they try to pursue it to try and convince Mbappe to come to them rather than Real Madrid, but the big question mark is are FSG prepared to spend the kind of money required to take him from PSG.

“Not so much in the transfer fee, PSG have been indicating they would be looking for over 100 million euros this summer with one year to go.

“But in terms of the wages Mbappe is looking for wages which would put them on a par with Neymar, if not above, and that would be way beyond Liverpool’s current structure.

“He likes Liverpool as a club. He likes the Premier League and he likes Jurgen Klopp. I’m not saying it’s his first choice, but I’m saying he’s very clear with his friends that Liverpool is a club he’s interested in playing for.”

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What RTK has to say

Again, it’s painful to dismiss the likelihood of Liverpool landing Mbappe, though, the current financial climate makes it inconceivable to envisage a scenario where FSG grant Klopp the adequate funds to land Mbappe.

For one, it would likely take a world transfer record to prize him away from PSG, who are scheduled to play Bayern Munich in the Champions League quarter-finals next month.

Unless a third party, such as Nike for example, were willing to fund such an eye-watering transfer sum, then it’s unlikely that any of Europe’s top clubs could find the cash to land Mbappe this summer.

Yes, it’s a very brief assessment, but in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, it would be extremely irresponsible of Liverpool, or any club for that matter, to make such a huge financial gamble during such times of uncertainty.

We expect Mbappe to remain at PSG for another season at least.

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