Jun 13, 2017

Will Liverpool really spend in excess of £100 million on Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe?

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Kylian Mbappe, the man who has lit up European football this season and has been the subject of various transfer rumours, looks to be on the radar of Liverpool. According to the Daily Mailthe Merseyside club have been monitoring the Monaco man for a while and have now officially lodged their interest, with Jurgen Klopp contacting Mbappe’s agent, himself.

The 18-year-old is the most sought-after talent in world football. He managed 15 goals in 29 appearances for Monaco last season, leading them to a domestic title. In Europe, the teenager was equally as impressive, scoring six goals in the Champions League, helping the French club to the semi-finals, in which they were knocked out by Juventus.

Mbappe’s impressive performances over the two legs against Manchester City really put him into the limelight, and onto the wish-list of many top European clubs, particularly those plying their trade in England. He scored two goals in two matches against Pep Guardiola’s side, as he ran riot over the centre-back pairing of John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi.

Liverpool, having secured Champions League football next season, and looking to cement themselves as a European powerhouse once again under the management of Jurgen Klopp, are one of the clubs said to be interested in the 18-year-old star.

Any deal for the Frenchman would cost in excess of £100 million. Liverpool are not a club renowned for spending huge amounts in the transfer window, not least on a single player, and Jurgen Klopp similarly has a reputation for developing talents rather than buying them. However, the club and manager may have finally recognised that a change is necessary if the Reds are to compete at the top level, both in the league and in Europe.

Of course, Mbappe represents a fantastic prospect and, what looks like, unlimited potential. It is scary to think what the teenager could accomplish under the tutelage of a manager like Klopp. Nonetheless, it is difficult to see the club spending this kind of money, especially as Liverpool are hesitating over a few extra million for Mohammed Salah, as reported by Football Italia.

If it were a Chelsea or Manchester City, there would be no questions asked, but there is something about the way Liverpool do their business that just makes this seem a transfer unlikely to get over the line.

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