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Kylian Mbappe has long been linked to Liverpool but links have largely felt tenuous even though it was recently claimed the Paris Saint-Germain forward ‘sees himself’ at Anfield or at Real Madrid when he leaves his home country.
The France international is said to be keen on the idea of playing under Jurgen Klopp, who has delivered a sixth Champions League triumph and a first league title in 30 years on Merseyside.
And if Mbappe’s contract demands are anything to go by, there is a possibility that Liverpool could launch a move for the World Cup winner in 2020 – though such a move would require big-money sales.
Le Parisien, via AS, have said that the 22-year-old is in talks to extend his deal with PSG with the French giants putting several proposals on the table to convince the former Monaco attacker to stay at the Parc des Princes.
Mbappe is expected to rebuff the offer to stay until 2025 but depart in 2024, with the future Ballon d’Or hopeful minded instead to sign until 2023 and move on in the summer of 2022.
Should he get his wish, with PSG otherwise facing the possibility of selling him in the coming months given his present deal expires in a year’s time, that could set the wheels in motion for Liverpool to make a move.
Le Parisien say Mbappe is strongly tempted by interest from both Liverpool and Real Madrid but Los Blancos are also infatuated with Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, who could be signed for just £64million next summer.
This year, despite qualifying for the Champions League, Liverpool don’t seem to have the money in place to even think of an extravagant move for Mbappe unless he is going for well below his market value.
That could change by this time in 2022 if the Premier League giants have had fans back inside the ground for a full campaign and even more so if players are sold.
Their front three of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are all steadily nearing their 30s and Mbappe would be a statement replacement for any of the trio.
Salah and Mane would be the players of the triumvirate capable of raising significant cash next year and both are out of contract in 2023 as it stands, meaning an exit may be required unless their deals are extended.
And with prize money from the Premier League and the Champions League added in should Liverpool finish in the top four and go deep into the continental competition, they may just be able to scrape the money needed for a blockbuster move – though Mbappe would obliterate Liverpool’s current wage structure.
If Mbappe is genuinely interested in linking up with Klopp at Anfield, then Liverpool can get excited if he puts pen to paper only until 2023 with PSG.
The 42-cap Frenchman, a three-time Ligue 1 title winnner, has established himself as one of Europe’s finest attackers despite his young age since a £166m switch from Monaco in 2018 after a year on loan at PSG.
His 2020-21 season saw him tally up 42 goals and 11 assists in 47 games and overall in his career at club level he has directly contributed to 236 goals in just 231 senior appearances for PSG and Monaco.
Though French Football Federation (FFF) president Noel Le Graet is hopeful Mbappe can remain in his homeland rather than leave for Liverpool or Real Madrid.
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“I want him to stay in France, and at PSG. He is young, and PSG still have many challenges to meet,” Le Graet said of the Ligue 1 Player of the Season.
“It does not concern me directly, but players of this level, I prefer that they are with us. My preference is very clear, and in my opinion, it is even better to stay.”
Zinedine Zidane’s second managerial departure from Real Madrid may meanwhile help Liverpool’s hopes of signing Mbappe given the Frenchman wanted to bring his compatriot to the Bernabeu.
Zidane however left Los Blancos this week and without him at the club, the Spanish giants may prefer a cheaper deal to sign Haaland, though Mbappe will no doubt remain admirers by their hierarchy.
Whether Liverpool really do make a genuine attempt to sign Mbappe remains to be seen and if his new contract is worth £500,000 a week like his PSG team-mate Neymar, that would surely put speculation to bed. But the Reds’ fanbase can still dare to dream.
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