Reports originating from Spain today claim that Liverpool will challenge Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappé in the summer and that Reds’ boss Jürgen Klopp is willing to shell out a staggering £215million transfer fee to make it happen.
If Liverpool succeed in pulling off such a coup, it is suggested that the Spanish giants will instead turn their attention to Egyptian ace Mo Salah, a player whom they have had a strong interest in for several seasons now.
Web portal El Desmarque, who are owned by Spain’s largest television network Mediaset and who are closer to the ins and outs of clubs such as Sevilla and Real Betis opposed to giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, are behind the claims. Their credibility is mixed with many Liverpool fan sites today opting to deem them as unreliable despite those in Spain having higher opinions of the outlet. Nevertheless, their claims today are speculative.
We provided a detailed look into Liverpool’s interest in Mbappé last month which explains the club’s situation a little clearer and who they are considering as an alternative. Despite Klopp obviously having an interest in players of such a calibre, Mbappé has been tipped to make the switch to The Bernabéu.
Vadim Vasilyev, who was vice president of Mbappé’s former club Monaco between 2013-2019, thinks the player will end up in Spain and not England.
Speaking earlier this week, he said: “Kylian told me: ‘Vadim, I feel it deep inside me, it is too early [to leave France]. I have only played in my country for one year. I am Parisian and I do not want to leave my country this way. I want to be a great player here, Real can wait.’
“It is coming (a move to Real Madrid), but he told me that was his feeling and he was right.
“I told him: ‘They will come knocking and the entire Santiago Bernabéu will applaud when you arrive. You do not need confirmation to know that.'”
Mbappé is under contract until 2022.