In Focus: Liverpool show ambition with Mbappe interest but deal unlikely

According to reports in Daily Telegraph, Liverpool are ready to go head-to-head with Arsenal for the signing of the Kylian Mbappe this summer if the Monaco star, who is rated at between €130m-€140m (approximately £114m-£122m) by his club according to the Daily Telegraph, decides against a move to Real Madrid.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the 18-year-old is the most in-demand player in world football right now after an outstanding season with Monaco, and the Daily Telegraph says Liverpool will register their interest in the striker if the French club decide they will sell the starlet this summer.

Real Madrid would be the favourites for his signature considering their ability to outbid any of their competitors for a player they believe can become their next Galactico, with manager Zinedine Zidane ready to offer him a regular starting spot according to L’Equipe.

That could be a key factor for Mbappe who won’t want to find himself on the substitutes’ bench at another club, and both the Gunners and Jurgen Klopp’s men would be able to guarantee the same thing.

How good was Mbappe last season?

He was outstanding.

The 18-year-old scored 26 goals and provided a further 14 assists in 44 appearances in all competitions as Monaco won the Ligue 1 title and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.

It is no surprise that with those statistics that he is attracting interest from a whole host of clubs across Europe.

Would he be a good signing for Liverpool?

He certainly would be.

The Reds often played Roberto Firmino in the centre-forward role last season but there is no doubt that he is more effective in an attacking midfield role or out wide, and Jurgen Klopp will be looking for that striker to play through the middle this summer.

Having already added Mohamed Salah to his squad and with the likes of Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho already on their books, Liverpool would have outstanding attacking options if they could somehow pull off the signing of Mbappe this summer.

Would Mbappe be keen on the move?

If he doesn’t want to have as much pressure as would be on him if he moved to Real Madrid, he could well be.

Liverpool may also hold an advantage over Arsenal by the fact that they could be in the group stages of the Champions League next season, but Arsene Wenger could also play a key role for the Gunners.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, while Liverpool are showing their ambition by moving for Mbappe, a deal for the 18-year-old starlet still looks highly unlikely.