Paper Talk: Liverpool’s calculated financial plan to sign Mbappe emerges

Kylian Mbappe TEAMtalk

Liverpool have a detailed plan to help fund a move for Kylian Mbappe, while they are also interested in a Leeds target and Spurs could lose Toby Alderweireld, all in the papers.



Liverpool are seriously plotting how to fund a bid for Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, claims a report.

PSG are trying to extend the contract of the France international, who has just over 18 months remaining on his contract.

There have been no positive signals though from the Ligue 1 club and AS report Liverpool are in a strong position to land the 22-year-old.

The Reds though have been hit financially by the Covid-19 pandemic with Jurgen Klopp hinting no transfer business will be done this month.

Liverpool though are looking further ahead, however financially they are still unlikely to be able to fund a move for Mbappe, despite his slump in value.

Mbappe has had a huge chunk of his value reportedly wiped off, and is now believed to be worth around €149m.

Liverpool are hoping they can get Nike to help fund a transfer.

Nike took over from New Balance as the Reds kit supplier last summer and AS claim the lucrative deal could be the key to a move for Mbappe.

They report Liverpool will receive a fixed €35m from Nike and the rest in bonuses, including 20% of the profits from each shirt sold.

That is where a potential move for Mbappe could be partly funded by the players’ shirt sales.

Mbappe has also joined forces with another Nike athlete Le Bron James, who is a minority shareholder at Liverpool.

AS simply says: “Join the dotted line.”


Rodrigo de Paul

Leeds face a battle with Liverpool if they want to land Udinese star Rodrigo De Paul this month. (The Sun)

West Ham have Josh King in their sights to replace Sebastien Haller – but may have to pay Bournemouth more than they thought to land him. (The Sun)

West Ham want to sign Olivier Giroud from Chelsea to replace Ajax-bound Sebastian Haller (Eurosport)

Hertha Berlin expect Matteo Guendouzi to be recalled by Arsenal this month despite taking him on loan for the rest of the season. (Bild)

Swansea and Bournemouth are eyeing a loan move for Aston Villa’s Keinan Davis. (Daily Mail)

Atletico Madrid have drawn up a three-man shortlist to replace Diego Costa as manager Diego Simeone plans an assault on the second half of the season with his sights firmly set on winning his second La Liga crown as a manager. (Daily Mail)

AFC Wimbledon are set to convert part of their brand-new Plough Lane stadium into a Covid-19 vaccination centre. (The Sun)


Gabriel Jesus, Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham centre-back Toby Alderweireld could be on his way back to the Eredivisie with PSV keen (De Telegraaf)

Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey is set to join Hibernian until the end of the season. (The Sun)

Liverpool are eyeing a move for Sergio Ramos on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Daily Star)

AC Milan are set to resume contract talks with Hakan Calhanoglu’s agent (Sky Sport)

Bruno Fernandes has recognised Manchester United’s need to improve following their semi-final defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night. (Daily Star)



Fenerbahce boss Erol Bulut says the situation over the club’s potential signing of Arsenal’s German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 32, will become clearer “in the coming days”. (Mirror)

Arsenal’s hopes of landing Emiliano Buendia have faded away after Norwich decided they will not sell this month (Daily Express)

Lionel Messi, 33, has told Neymar he is planning to leave Barcelona in the summer and join Paris St-Germain, with the Argentina striker also a target for Manchester City. (Star)

Manchester City are close to signing ‘mini Messi’ Dario Sarmiento. The 17-year-old Argentine winger currently plays for the country’s Primera Division side Estudiantes. (Talksport)


Jesse Lingard Man Utd

Steve Bruce is keen for Newcastle to sign an English trio of Manchester United players on loan this month and has spoken at length with his former club over left-back Brandon Williams, 20, defender Phil Jones, 28, and midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28. (90min)

The Magpies have also contacted Monaco about French full-back Djibril Sidibe, 28. (Foot Mercato)

Tottenham are in a strong position to land RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, 26, but it is unlikely to happen this month. (Express)

Former England Under-20 midfielder Marcus Edwards, 22, has ended West Ham’s hopes of signing him in January by renewing his contract at Portuguese club Vitoria de Guimaraes with a £45m release clause. (Mail)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has called for fast-tracked coronavirus vaccinations in football, with the money saved on testing being diverted to the NHS. (Guardian)

Leeds have identified three signings in the January transfer window and have the funds available to bring in new players, but their clubs are reluctant to sell. (Express)

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek should be banging on the door of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, according to the club’s former striker Dimitar Berbatov. The 23-year-old has started just two league games this season, having signed for £35m in September. (Betfair)


Sergio Romero, Phil Jones Man Utd

United’s Argentine goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 33, is expected to return to the club next week as discussions over his future continue. (Sky Sports)

Shrewsbury Town face having to forfeit their place in the FA Cup after their third-round match against Southampton was postponed following a number of positive coronavirus tests. (Guardian)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has donated Stamford Bridge’s hotel rooms to NHS staff again. (Independent)

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Egyptian side Al Ahly have ruled out a move for Aston Villa full-back Ahmed Elmohamady, 33. (Birmingham Live)

Watford boss Xisco Munoz has told his players to “fight like animals” during Saturday’s FA Cup clash with Manchester United. (Evening Standard)

Juventus have been dealt a blow in their search for a new striker with Sampdoria’s Fabio Quagliarella, 37, ruling out a return to his former side. (Mail)

Brendan Rodgers is prepared to let Leicester stopper Filip Benkovic return to Celtic. (Scottish Sun)