According to Le Parisien, PSG sporting director Leonardo and owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi are increasingly frustrated by Mbappe’s refusal to sign a new contract that would keep him in the French capital for the long term.
PSG are reportedly prepared to offer their star forward, Kylian Mbappe, to clubs for a reduced fee of between €120m-€150m this summer, for fear of losing the Frenchman on a free next year, according to Le Parisien.
Ce dossier va devenir pénible. Il est pourtant limpide : #Mbappé veut se barrer du #PSG, il prépare le terrain avec des excuses en bois et il gagne du temps en attendant que le #Real et #Liverpool se lancent dans la bataille. Si transfert impossible, il prolongera par défaut pic.twitter.com/782qbBQngf
— Nicolas Puiravau (@nikop17) April 2, 2021
With the striker’s contract set to expire in the summer of 2022, the risk of the 22-year-old’s asking price plummeting beyond the upcoming window is extremely high.
But so far this has not come to fruition, with no recent progress made, and Mbappe appeared far from content with life in Ligue 1 in a recent interview he gave while away on international duty with France.
When asked about the scrutiny he has received in the media recently, he replied: “Of course it gets tiring. Especially when you play for a club in your country and you give everything for your national team. After a while it gets tiring.
“It’s different for players who play abroad and only come back here for the national team. I’m there all the time, they speak about me a lot more. It’s a different context [to other players], but I knew it would be like that when I signed for Paris. We’ll see.”
Could Liverpool be tempted to take advantage?
On the other side of the coin that represents the globe’s two most highly-rated superstars, Mbappe is the kind of dream signing few would genuinely be capable of affording.
Taking into account the financial constraints of COVID-19, not to mention the World Cup-winner’s expiring contract, one might imagine that there will be some amount of wiggle room on the reported asking price.
Considering Mbappe’s contract runs out next summer, I expect PSG to be cashing in on him this summer.
Few teams could afford him and need him.
Real Madrid, Liverpool and Man United. Altho Liverpool are favourites in my opinion.
— SM (@thebox001) April 2, 2021
A new forward is a priority for Jurgen Klopp in the upcoming transfer window, according to those close to the club.
While Mbappe would fit within the ideal age group of the kind of signing the German is likely to sanction, the £100m plus figure may be a bit over LFC’s current budget.
Nevertheless, they may consider that investment as worthwhile given that many are tipping Mbappe to become a Ballon d’Or winner in the near future.
Mbappe will have the opportunity to showcase his ability to potential suitors again when his side will take on Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final clash on Wednesday in a repeat of last year’s final.