For the past three months, reports coming out of Spain and France repeatedly named Liverpool and Real Madrid as the main suitors for Kylian Mbappé.
Earlier claims have stated Jürgen Klopp has been in regular contact with the Paris Saint-Germain player and his camp.
The forward’s current deal expires in 2022 and he has so far turned down renewal offers made by the Ligue 1 side.
Le Parisien now explain that top European clubs have a ‘desire’ to sign the 22-year-old and this includes the Reds, who ‘continue to seduce’ the France international.
All these suitors are ‘ready to break the bank’ to sign him and their desire to sign the former AS Monaco star is either down to fact that they can afford him or believe his arrival can also benefit them financially through various means.
Mbappé ‘takes his time to decide’ his future and ‘several criteria’ needs to be taken into account when making the decision.
A club that wants him must be able to afford paying both the transfer fee and his salary. Apart from this, the World Cup winner wants to evaluate their squad, the strength and weakness of the league they are playing in, their leaders and their ‘political weight’, locally and in Europe.
In addition to this, the suitor should also be in a position to compete for the Champions League. The Reds won the Europe’s elite club competition in 2019 and went on win the title a year later.
Another report from Le Parisien provides PSG’s stance on the player and they explain it’s a ‘complicated situation to manage’ for the Paris club. The French club are growing ‘impatient’ with the current situation.
Mbappé has the upper hand due to the duration left on his contract and the Ligue 1 side want to avoid letting him leave for free, considering the fact that they invested €180m for his transfer.
In the event the attacker decides to leave the club, Mauricio Pochettino’s side will not oppose his sale and this should come as an encouragement for Liverpool.
The French club had initially valued their star around €200m, but they have now reduced it to between €120m and €150m. Whether or not Klopp’s side can afford to pay such a hefty fee for Mbappé in the post pandemic market remains to be seen.