Kylian Mbappe has once again been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool next summer after reports in Spain claimed PSG were frantically scouring the transfer market for a world-class replacement.
The 20-year-old has starred for PSG since arriving on loan in 2017, eventually joining for €180million, and is also a major target for LaLiga giants Real Madrid.
Reports have claimed Liverpool have the funds to sign the France international, but Jurgen Klopp, who met the player’s family members in an bid to convince him to sign for Liverpool two years ago, says they have “absolutely no chance” of signing the player.
“Buying this calibre of player is difficult,” said Klopp. “I don’t see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG. I don’t see any club, that is how it is. And we are involved in the clubs that cannot do it. It is as easy as that.
“OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him. What a player he is. But it is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance. Sorry for killing that story.”
However, the story refuses to disappear and Spanish newspaper Marca are convinced that Mbappe will move on in summer 2020, with PSG drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements for the World Cup winner.
As per the report, top of the Ligue 1 giants’ wanted list is Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann and it’s claimed PSG have already sounded out the possibility of signing him next summer after just one year at the Nou Camp.
The latest reports are likely to enhance the #Mbappe2020 craze that has swept social media suggesting the superstar could be heading to Liverpool in the summer window, with the player’s former Monaco teammate Fabinho even getting in on the act after his switch to Anfield in 2018.
“He has already said for the next season he will remain at PSG,” Fabinho said during his first month as a Liverpool player. “But I will try slowly to convince him to come to Liverpool!”
Reports on Tuesday suggested Real Madrid were planning to offload as many as six first-team stars in January in order to fund a transfer raid for Mbappe, who is expected to set a new world-record fee of around €250m (£215m) when he eventually leaves PSG.