Defending Premier League champions Liverpool are ready to ward off competition from three other clubs to seal the big-money signing of Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe this summer, according to reports. The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the world’s best players in recent seasons and already boasts a glittering record of achievement that the vast majority of professionals can only dream of.
Mbappe has already claimed four Ligue 1 titles, two Coupe de France triumphs and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, becoming the youngest player to score in the final of the prestigious tournament since Pele in the process.
Despite his abundance of raw ability and high ceiling for future growth, PSG have failed to tie down their star man to a new contract as of yet, with his current deal set to expire at the end of next season.
This has led to speculation that the French heavyweights could look to cash in on Mbappe in the summer, rather than risk losing him for nothing in a year’s time.
Liverpool’s interest in the forward has been well-documented over the last few seasons, but it appears as if Jurgen Klopp‘s side could face a battle for his signature.
The report claims that all four clubs, including the Reds, understand the astronomical financial implications of a move for Mbappe but have not been put off by the prospect of meeting PSG’s £174million asking price.
His wage demands, said to be in excess of £500,000 per week, are reportedly too high for Barcelona, who have previously been linked with the prolific striker but have since ended their interest as a result.
This will allow one of the four named parties to tempt Mbappe away from Le Parc des Princes if he does not commit to a new deal by the end of the season.
He claimed last month that he is still mulling over whether or not to extend his stay in Paris, suggesting that he will seek to move on if there is any doubt in his mind.
However, Mbappe also stressed that he is enjoying life at PSG and could well end up renewing his contract once he is clear on what the future holds for him.
“We are talking with the club,” he told Telefoot. “I said that I am reflecting on it too, because I think it is a signature, that if I sign, I am investing myself for the long term into PSG. And I am very happy here.
“I have always been very happy here. The fans and the club have always helped me. And I will always be very thankful to the club.
“I want to think about what I want to do in the coming years, where I want to be, and that is now I will be reflecting on it. I think that yes, I will have to soon make a decision. But for now I am in deep thought.
“If I had the answer today, I would have given it today. This is not a desire to take up time, it is just to really think about it. I don’t want to sign a contract and then one year later say I want to leave because I did not want to sign the contract.
“If I sign, it is to stay. That is why it requires thought.”
Liverpool’s recruitment policy, led by owners FSG and transfer chief Michael Edwards, has proved to be startlingly successful in recent seasons.
It remains to be seen whether Mbappe will become the next arrival for the Anfield club, with his undeniable world-class qualities set to attract a host of attention in the coming months.