Kylian Mbappe was told he could only move to Liverpool if he had left PSG last summer.
That’s according to a report in The Athletic this morning. They claim that the French club ‘opened the door’ for Mbappe to leave after getting wind of his unhappiness just two months after signing a new deal.
But rather than follow his ‘dream’ of joining Real Madrid, the 24-year-old was reportedly told that ‘any exit would have to be to Liverpool.’
Mbappe is said to have ‘rejected’ that option. The Athletic report that PSG slapped a £352m price-tag on him, anyway. As a result, this was never going to happen.
Mbappe continues Real Madrid dance
This is a bizarre line from a detailed report looking into Mbappe’s future in club football.
The majority of the piece is centred around Mbappe’s continued infatuation with Real Madrid. Despite seemingly turning down a move to Spain to stay in Paris in May, the forward is said to have ‘not forgotten’ about Real.
And although Madrid are claimed to be ‘reticent’ to begin another Mbappe saga, they are still hovering around him, too.
So, where do Liverpool come into all of this? Well, as per Mbappe himself, he held talks with the Reds about a possible free transfer move prior to signing his contract at PSG [The Telegraph].
Obviously, Liverpool would be interested if such a talent was on the market. If they could have snared a player who is perhaps the best of his generation, it would have been a huge coup.
But even without a transfer fee, it would have been an enormous deal for the Reds to do. There’s simply no way they’d ever even entertain paying over £350m for a player, not for a second.
Interestingly, an anonymous source from PSG tells The Athletic as much: “The only club that can get him out of here is Real Madrid,” they say.
So, it seems that Mbappe joining Liverpool is nothing more than a pretty empty threat to Real Madrid. Unless the World Cup-winner is available on a free again in 2025, keep us out of this.