Kylian Mbappe: Liverpool transfer hopes take major leap forward as PSG demand ageing Reds star in straight swap

PSG striker Kylian Mbappe

Paris Saint-Germain would be willing to sell Kylian Mbappe to Liverpool, but only if they can deprive Jurgen Klopp of a big-name attacker in return, it has been claimed.

Mbappe has been the centre of attention in football news over the past couple of days. There have been various reports casting doubt on his happiness at Paris Saint-Germain, despite him only signing a contract extension with them in the summer.

The prospect of a January transfer has surfaced, although it would cost whoever was to take him a fortune. Liverpool are long-term admirers and have been linked again, however unlikely it may seem that they would spend so heavily.

Yet there may be another method via which they could get their hands on Mbappe. Egyptian journalist Ismael Mahmoud has claimed that Paris Saint-Germain could entertain a swap deal with Liverpool.

According to Mahmoud, Paris Saint-Germain’s idea would be to take Mohamed Salah in return if they were to sell Mbappe to Liverpool.

Like Mbappe, Salah only signed a new contract with his current club a matter of months ago. But he too has been in the limelight amid a loss of form in the Premier League.

The Egypt international has only scored twice from eight appearances in the English top flight this season. In turn, Liverpool also happen to have won just two matches in the competition to date, despite finishing as runners up last season.

There have been calls for Salah to be dropped in one attempt to revive the club’s overall fortunes. But could they go one step further by sacrificing him in January?

If Mahmoud is to be believed, the 30-year-old would be Paris Saint-Germain’s top target to replace Mbappe. However, in all honesty, the chances of a deal of such proportion going through still seem on the slim side.

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Getting Mbappe in return for Salah might be good business for Liverpool. The Premier League side would be regenerating their attack for years to come.

Mbappe has been in better form this season, scoring eight goals from nine Ligue 1 appearances. He also has four goals to his name in the Champions League from four outings. Hence, he might be more dependable than Salah.

In fairness, though, Salah has given Liverpool too much good service to be discarded so easily – and so soon after they pledged their faith in him with a record-breaking contract.

With 161 goals from 266 appearances for the club to his name since his arrival from AS Roma in 2017, there is no reason to believe that Salah will not come good again.

That said, the opportunity to sign a player like Mbappe will not come around very often. Still, Liverpool would need to make sure there is a concrete chance of them taking him before making any kind of decision that might upset Salah.

For now, Liverpool will be waiting to see if they can get anything better out of Salah. Any prospect of them signing Mbappe still seems to be within the realm of dreams right now.

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