Liverpool have been handed a potentially significant boost in their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe.
What’s the story?
According to Spanish outlet AS, Real Madrid have resigned themselves to missing out on the 22-year-old starlet and they now look set to focus on other targets.
Fans will be buzzing
Liverpool have long been linked with a move for Mbappe, with his contract situation now making an exit from the Parc des Princes seem far more realistic than it did in the past.
The France international is set to enter the final 12 months of his current deal, and although fresh terms are reportedly on the table, an agreement has yet to be reached between the player and the French giants.
PSG are thought to value their star asset at around £154 million, despite facing the prospect of losing him for free after next season’s conclusion.
Despite Lille dethroning the French giants, Mbappe still had a standout campaign for his hometown club, bagging 42 goals and providing 11 assists in 47 appearances for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
His incredible performance in the Champions League last-16 against Barcelona, where he bagged a hat-trick at the Camp Nou, was a particular highlight and certainly impressed TalkSPORT 2 commentator David Connolly.
“He was absolutely sensational, he was brilliant. If you stand off him, he turns and runs at you, if you get too tight, he can roll you,” he said.
“You can see his confidence grew as the game went on because he was trying more flicks and tricks, and everything came off. His finishing ability was brilliant. He had the lot tonight, and he was almost unplayable.”
With the impact of the pandemic continuing to impact the club’s finances, Liverpool’s chances of getting Mbappe over the coming months may be slim, but in reality, they may also never have a better chance to bring in one of football’s top talents given the lack of competition and the fact that his contract is running down.
Liverpool should be making a major push for Mbappe, and whilst it won’t be easy to get a deal done, Director of Football Michael Edwards should be looking to work his magic in an attempt to get the French superstar through the Anfield doors.
He already one of the best players on the planet and he still has plenty of room to develop further. If he can continue that development at Anfield, he’s likely to help secure many titles and trophies for the Reds along the way.
Real Madrid are seemingly out of the running, which is more than helpful, but persuading PSG to sell and Mbappe to move to England, will still be massive tasks, but if anyone is up to that job, it’s master negotiator Edwards.