The 21-year-old PSG superstar has been linked with a blockbuster move to Liverpool, with French outlet Le10 Sport reporting that Mbappé’s father Wilfried was contacted by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp is a longstanding admirer of the Frenchman, having previously attempted to convince the prodigy to join the Merseyside club in 2017, before the former Monaco attacker made the switch to PSG.
Mbappé, who starred at the 2018 World Cup, would be an almighty addition to Liverpool’s attacking three of Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, who have already combined for 38 goals in the Premier League this season.
However Mbappé, who was signed for €180 million by PSG in 2018, would seem to be an unlikely addition for the Premier League champions-elect, as he would likely command a world record transfer fee, in excess of €300 million.
Klopp’s interest thus raises questions as to the future of Mané and Salah, one of whom would likely need to be sold to finance the purchase of the French star.
Mané has recently been linked with Real Madrid and is said to be desperately wanted by Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane.
Kylian Mbappé would be a huge addition to the European Champions’ already outstanding lineup, having already scored five goals and numbered four assists in four starts for PSG in the Champions League this season. These numbers, at the tender age of 21, are indicative of Mbappé’s enormous potential. Potential which Klopp would certainly be keen to nurture.
Judging by Klopp’s transfer history, a signing of this financial magnitude would seem unlikely. Klopp has consistently seemed unwilling to purchase established attacking stars, instead looking towards mid-tier players such as Mané, Salah and Firmino, who he has sought to develop into the superstars they are today.
However, Liverpool’s outstanding on-field performances and equally outstanding financial revenues may force Klopp to reconsider his transfer strategy. The Merseyside club posted a record turnover of £533 million last financial year, a direct result of their consistent success in both European and domestic competitions.
This would perhaps give Liverpool, and subsequently Klopp, further financial flexibility in the transfer market, however the impact of the coronavirus on this financial strength would place moves of this size into question.