PSG take surprise Kylian Mbappe transfer stance which could benefit Liverpool
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has taken a staggering stance over Kylian Mbappe’s future, and Liverpool could benefit. Mbappe has been tentatively linked with both Real Madrid and Liverpool ahead of a potential transfer either this summer or next.
PSG will apparently let Mbappe leave for free once his contract expires, rather than accept any transfer fee for him.
The Frenchman’s contract will expire in 2022, and so far there has been no indication that he will sign an extension.
The 2018 World Cup winner is recognised as the most valuable player in the world, and PSG would prefer to lose Neymar instead of him.
The Brazil attacker is wanted by Barcelona, and it has been reported that PSG will look to bring in Antoine Griezmann this summer in a swap deal in an attempt to please Mbappe.
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Spanish outlet AS reports that PSG are so desperate to avoid losing Mbappe before it is absolutely necessary, that they will consider letting him leave for free in 2022 when his contract expires.
That is reportedly viewed as a preferable option compared to letting Real Madrid buy him in a transfer window.
Liverpool, who have been linked with a move for the youngster, could benefit from PSG’s sudden change in opinion.
Many had expected Madrid to be able to outspend Liverpool if it came to a bidding war, but if it comes to Mbappe having a completely free choice in the matter, they could be back in the game.
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The same report from AS claims the coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on Madrid’s bid to sign Mbappe.
Madrid were apparently all set to make Mbappe their top target as the window approaches, but due to the economic impact of the virus, they have postponed that plan until next year.
But PSG refuse to budge on their stance, and will run the risk of letting their £160million signing walk out of the door for free rather than negotiate a fee.
The Parisiens are still hopeful that Mbappe will extend his contract at the Parc des Princes, despite suggestions behind the scenes that Mbappe has his heart set on a move away.
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Earlier this season, Leonardo admitted it was frustrating to see Mbappe linked with Madrid, and appeared to be growing frustrated with Zinedine Zidane’s constant attempts to tempt Mbappe to Los Blancos.
“Honestly, it bothers a little, it bothers. This is not the time to talk about dreams and all that. Stop it.
“Mbappe is very important to us and this is not the time to destabilize it.
“He is the best young French player, world champion, one of the best in the world.
“This is not the time to touch it and destabilize it. It is time to stop. He has two and a half years of contract with us.”
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