Liverpool are ready to make an astonishing move for Monaco wonder kid Kylian Mbappe, who had seemed set to sign for Real Madrid, as per the Daily Telegraph. Arsenal have also displayed a strong liking of the player but a move to England has always appeared unlikely.
The 18-year old’s stunning performances last season for Ligue 1 champions Monaco, have seen him become the most sought-after player in this summer’s transfer market.
Liverpool have expressed their intent to spend big in their pursuit of Mbappe. Their only hope is that the Frenchman is put off Madrid by the competition for places and pressure at the club. A top Premier League side may be an easier step-up for such a young man.
Although, even if he does decide to move to the Premier League (which is pretty unlikely), Liverpool would face great competition from all the other big beasts. Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United can all beat the Reds for finances and would be sniffing around.
The Merseyside club’s hopes of signing Mbappe appear to be in the realms of fantasy.
On Thursday, Marca reported that Liverpool had made two bids for the player and that Monaco rejected both.
Some cynics have suggested that Liverpool’s interest in Mbappe is merely to prove to fans and other teams, that they are aiming for the very best. In recent years, they have fallen far behind other big clubs in Europe and England, leaving supporters frustrated.
The Kop Times Verdict
There is great competition for Mbappe’s signature. Unfortunately for everyone else though, Real Madrid is where he is expected to end up.
When Los Blancos openly target a player, they always get them. Mbappe has been made a priority for the Champions League holders. Real Madrid manager, Zinedine Zidane, has reportedly assured the teenager a first-team place in his side.
This summer has been a mixed one for Jurgen Klopp’s side, to date. Their failure to sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, left the club publicly humiliated.
However, the signing of Roma’s Mohamed Salah is a coup. Their priority in the window is still to sign a top centre-back, though.