Klopps Interest? Mbappe Shattered

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Paris Saint-Germain and France superstar Kylian Mbappe is reportedly ‘very flattered’ by the interest Liverpool have shown in him.

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The high-flying Reds have long been linked with the France superstar, with manager Jurgen Klopp making no secret of his admiration for the 21-year-old.

French outlet Le10Sport claimed last month that Klopp had reached out to Mbappe’s father, Wilfried, regarding a potential blockbuster transfer next summer.

And they are now reporting that it was a move the World Cup winner appreciated.

The Reds are said in the market for a huge name in the event that Senegalese talisman Sadio Mane departs for pastures new.

Still, any such move for Mbappe would likely have to shatter the world record transfer fee paid for a footballer.

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The record still currently stands at the eye-watering £198million Paris Saint Germain paid to trigger the release clause of Neymar in 2017.

Figures around the £250m mark have been mooted for Mbappe, but the market has become distorted amid the coronavirus pandemic and big name stars could now move at lower figures.

As reported by Sportsmail, Liverpool did make contact with the representative of Mbappe in the summer of 2017, when the then Monaco star was preparing to make his first big move on the European stage.

Such has been the rise of Premier League champions elect Liverpool in recent seasons, Klopp now feels the world’s best players see Anfield at the ultimate destination.

Despite this, however, the German has previously admitted the chances of putting together a deal for a player like Mbappe remains increasingly difficult.

‘(Buying) this calibre of player is difficult. I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG,’ said Klopp when asked about the Frenchman in November 2019.

‘I don’t see any club, that is how it is. We are involved in the clubs that cannot do it – it is as easy as that.

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‘OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him – what a player he is! It is about the money, of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance.’

Klopp added: ‘The club is in a very good position. Image-wise, it maybe (always) was but now I think it is easier to live the life of a Liverpool supporter and that means automatically being in a situation to sign the players you want to sign.’


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