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Liverpool: Fabrizio Romano drops Kylian Mbappe update

Fabrizio Romano has dropped a fresh update regarding reported Liverpool transfer target Kylian Mbappe…

What’s the word?

Writing on Twitter, the respected insider delivered an update on the Frenchman’s future which will serve as a notable blow to Jurgen Klopp and co. It looks as if the 23-year-old is edging ever closer to a long-awaited switch to Real Madrid, with the Bernabeu outfit “more than confident” of striking a deal.

Delivering the latest on the hot topic that is the Paris Saint-Germain forward’s next destination, Romano revealed: “Key hours ahead for Kylian Mbappé, he’s back from Qatar for final meeting with his family and his whole camp. Real Madrid are waiting for the final steps, more than confident – still no official communication to PSG. #Mbappé Real Madrid contract has been ready for months.”

This follows a report from Marca which suggested that the £144m-rated sensation had informed the Anfield club that he would not be moving to Merseyside, despite being flattered by their admiring glances, with Klopp himself having only recently admitted that the Reds are/were interested in a deal (albeit while appearing to rule them out due to the hefty financial package it would require).

Huge blow for Liverpool

Although making a deal for the £413k-per-week gem appeared a long shot anyway, with a move likely to have only disrupted Liverpool’s stringent wage structure, this latest update will still come as a notable blow for the quadruple chasers.

Having just witnessed Premier League title rivals Manchester City announce a deal to sign Borussia Dortmund starlet Erling Haaland this summer, the Merseysiders would likely have been keen to secure a marquee signing of their own, as they look to keep pace with Pep Guardiola’s side in the coming years.

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Despite the wealth of attacking talent already on offer at Anfield, Mbappe would have represented a simply unique and frankly “unstoppable” addition – as he has been described by Carlo Ancelotti – with the 54-cap France international arguably one of the most exciting talents in world football.

Amid what has been an at times turbulent campaign at the Parcs des Princes under Mauricio Pochettino, the former Monaco starlet has been the real shining light for the Ligue 1 champions, eclipsing both Neymar and summer signing Lionel Messi throughout the campaign.

In just 45 games in all competitions this term, Mbappe has registered a staggering 36 goals and 26 assists, taking his total haul for the club to 168 goals and 87 assists in 216 matches since his mammoth £166m move back in 2017.

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Just five years on from that high-profile switch, the 2018 World Cup winner is set to be available on a ‘free transfer’, with his contract set to expire at the end of June and the Parisien outfit desperately scrambling to avoid losing him for nothing.

Whether or not he departs his current club this year, it would appear that a move to Liverpool is now off the table, which is set to be a real source of frustration for Klopp and Reds fans everywhere.

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