Liverpool could go head-to-head with Real Madrid for the signing of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe this summer, with the Reds ‘very interested’ in pursuing a move for the 22-year-old in time for next season, according to reports. Mbappe is widely regarded as one of the finest attackers in world football, regularly exceeding expectations despite his tender years.
He already boasts a glittering CV that the vast majority of professionals can only dream of, with four Ligue 1 titles, seven domestic trophies and a World Cup triumph listed among his career achievements.
Although Mbappe has firmly established himself as a key cog in the machine for PSG, his immediate future seems far from certain.
He will be out of contract at the end of next season and is yet to agree fresh terms, leaving the French heavyweights with a dilemma ahead of the summer transfer window.
If it becomes clear that Mbappe is not prepared to renew, he could be sold over the coming months in order for PSG to avoid losing him for nothing in a year’s time.
Liverpool have been linked with his services for some time, with Jurgen Klopp known to be a keen admirer of the prolific forward.
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Despite their reported interest, the Reds have failed to act in previous seasons, but it seems as though this could soon change.
Liverpool are one of two clubs keeping a close eye on Mbappe’s situation in Paris, with the other being Real Madrid, according to RMC Sport.
It is claimed that the Merseyside outfit are serious about their desire to land the striker, but will face stiff competition from the Spanish capital.
Real are said to have put aside a substantial chunk of money for the specific purpose of funding a move for Mbappe, with Liverpool needing to show their financial might in order to stand any chance of winning the battle.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino recently revealed that Mbappe has been fine-tuning his English skills and regularly shows a desire to learn about English football, hinting that Anfield could be his preferred destination in advance of a potential Premier League switch.
“Kylian loves football, he loves to talk about football,” Pochettino told The Guardian last month.
“He asks about England – how is the game, the mentality and the culture there? – and also Spain and Argentina. He will watch, every day, games from England, France, Italy, Germany.
“He’s only 22 but very mature, confident in his talent and open. He can speak French, of course, but also perfect English and Spanish. I speak in English and Spanish with him, more English than Spanish.
“I said to him the other day: ‘I need to practice my French with you, to improve,’ and he said: ‘Sure, but it’s better for me to talk in English.’ He loves to practice different languages.”
The player himself explained in January that he was already considering his future at PSG, stressing that if he is to sign a new deal with his current employers, it will be on a long-term basis.
“I think that yes, I will have to soon make a decision,” Mbappe told French outlet Telefoot Chaine. “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.”