Jurgen Klopp contacts father of Kylian Mbappe over Liverpool transfer
According to the French publication Le10Sport (h/t Daily Mail), Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called up the father of Kylian Mbappe to chat about his future.
Mbappe is one of the most sought-after players in world football and aged just 21, has the world at his feet. The Reds have continued to be linked to the player with Klopp a keen admirer.
According to the report, Liverpool have stepped up efforts to sign the player, with Klopp personally enquiring about the possibility of eking out a deal.
Liverpool are in the market for a striker in case star winger Sadio Mane departs to Real Madrid. A move for Mbappe will not be cheap, with Liverpool needed to break the world record fee paid for a player.
That record is held by Mbappe’s PSG teammate Neymar. The Brazilian moved to the Parc des Princes for a whopping £198million in 2017.
Although a figure of around £250million has been quoted, Mbappe could move for much lower owing to the financial constraints imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
It is a testament to Klopp’s work at Anfield that players of Mbappe’s calibre see the Reds more as a destination rather than as a stepping stone. The German boss had earlier admitted that French players were too expensive. Regarding Mbappe, he looks to have got that right.
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A versatile player who can play anywhere across the frontline, Mbappe has made 120 appearances for the Parisians since joining them in 2017. He has scored an incredible 90 goals and 49 assists as he has formed a formidable triumvirate alongside Edinson Cavani and Neymar.
Mbappe is the second teenager since the legendary Pele to score in a World Cup final. A two-time French Player of the Year, he played a crucial role in France’s triumph in the competition in 2018.