It is the transfer rumour that just won’t go away. It is a transfer rumour that had its own hashtag on social media last year. Mbappe to Liverpool has been a regular backpage headline since the start of last season, when we could all meet in pubs and players could celebrate goals with a hug.
Liverpool’s victory over New Balance in the High Court in October 2019 freed the club up to agree a massive shirt sponsorship with Nike, who also sponsor Kylian Mbappe.
The #Mbappe2020 hashtag may have started off tongue-in-cheek but it wouldn’t go away and as the Reds marched to the Premier League title in imperious style, many fans started to believe that the transfer may one day happen.
Fast forward to February 2021 and a lot has changed in football. Lockdown has had a huge impact on clubs’ revenues and the January transfer window was quiet for most clubs, including Liverpool.
However, there is increasing talk of Lionel Messi finally leaving Barcelona, with Paris St Germain the obvious destination. With Financial Fair Play restrictions easing because of lockdown, PSG are in pole position to sign the Argentinian playmaker, but it is likely that Mbappe will have to make way for him.
With only one year remaining on his contract, PSG will be keen to sell the French forward to the highest bidder this summer, valuing him at a massive £174m. That figure is ridiculous and is likely to drop the closer we get to the end of this season, but Liverpool face competition from Real Madrid, Juventus and Man City.
The lack of activity in the transfer window may well not have give Jurgen Klopp a kitty big enough to make a serious bid for Mbappe in the summer, but there could be one or two players moved on to allow for it.