LIVERPOOL are reportedly back in the transfer race for Kylian Mbappe after contract talks with Real Madrid and the Paris Saint-Germain striker stalled.
The Reds were initially linked with a swoop for Mbappe in February but speculation has cooled since then.
Liverpool are back in the transfer race for Kylian Mbappe after talks between the PSG striker and Real Madrid hit the skidsCredit: Reuters
But the Reds will have to get rid of Mo Salah to facilitate Mbappe’s transfer to AnfieldCredit: Rex
The La Liga Champions usually hold 50 percent of a player’s image rights, but that doesn’t suit Mbappe who wants full control of his personal branding properties.
Madrid’s stubbornness in the matter could cost them the chance to sign arguably the world’s best striker this summer, the report adds.
Mbappe’s lawyer, Delphine Verheyden, is reportedly currently embroiled in a battle with the French Football Federation over his branding which is a fight they don’t want to also have in Spain.
And with both parties seemingly unwilling to budge, Liverpool have emerged as an alternative option for the Ligue 1 current top scorer.
Although any potential transfer will see the Reds offload contract rebel Mo Salah to accommodate Mbappe’s hefty wage demands.
PSG hope their contract proposal of £820,000-a-week will be enough to keep Mbappe in France.
And Jurgen Klopp’s side won’t be able to match or come close to the French Champions’ offer to Mbappe if they attempt to meet Salah’s demands, the report states.
But Liverpool reportedly have no intention of keeping hold of Salah – or his attacking compatriots Sadio Mane and Roberto Firminho when the trio’s contracts expire in summer 2023.
This opens the door for Mbappe’s arrival on Merseyside to spearhead a new dynamic attack along with Luis Diaz who the Reds brought in January.
The outcome of the Champions League final clash between Liverpool and Real Madrid in a fortnight will also have an impact on Mbappe’s decision.
The European giants clash for the coveted European trophy that continues to elude Mbappe in Paris on May 28.
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