Liverpool in bidding war for 20-year-old France international
Real Madrid have reportedly been cleared to sign Kylian Mbappe in a world-record deal in summer 2020 after Reds chiefs distanced themselves from the prospect of landing the attacker.
France international has starred for the Parisians since in a €180m deal in 2017, but it seems his time in Ligue 1 is coming to a close amid strong reports linking him with both Reds and Los Blancos.
Reports have claimed Merseyside club have the funds to sign Kylian, but the German tactician, who met the winger’s family members in a bid to convince him to sign for the Reds two years ago, says they have “absolutely no chance” of signing the forward.
Furthermore, Merseyside club’s owners FSG have ‘categorically ruled out’ a move for the star, deeming the package to sign him as ‘too expensive and not falling in line with their transfer strategy’.
However, that astronomical fees needed to prise Mbappe away from the French giants don’t appear to have put off La Liga club, with reports in Spain suggesting the World Cup winner’s mother and the agent has told the Parisians that her son will not be extending his current deal with PSG.
The 20-year-old attacker’s current contract runs until 2022, but the French giants will allow him to move on this summer if anyone meets their €400m valuation, a fee that would, quite literally, smash the current world record fee.
Losing French attacker would be a huge loss to Ligue 1 champions, but the cash being floated about over the possible deal will at least help diminish the pain of losing a footballer destined to take over the mantle from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as the world’s elite star.