Real Madrid are reportedly wary of competition from Liverpool as they attempt to sign Mbappe from PSG while Jurgen Klopp’s side have been given advice on a move for Saul Niguez
Liverpool could have the opportunity to make a sensational signing after a relatively quiet transfer window as the future of Kylian Mbappe looks set to be resolved.
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has confirmed Mbappe wants to leave the club, after Real Madrid lodged a £137m bid on Tuesday night.
Mbappe has long been expected to head to the Bernabeu – but Jurgen Klopp’s side have also been considered to have an outside chance of landing the World Cup winner.
There is news on Mbappe’s price tag below, as well as some advice from a former Reds star on a potential move for Saul Niguez.
And there is also an update on a “plan” for the player who could eventually step into Mohamed Salah’s shoes as Mirror Sport brings you the latest transfer news.
Madrid fear Liverpool hijacking Mbappe move
Real Madrid have been told how much they’ll have to pay to land Mbappe, with the Spanish side said to fear Liverpool hijacking their move.
Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo yesterday confirmed Mbappe wants to leave the club, after Real Madrid lodged a sensational £137m bid on Tuesday night.
But the PSG chief insisted Mbappe will only leave if the club’s terms are met – and according to The Telegraph, that will take a whopping £180m offer.
It remains to be seen whether Madrid will up their bid – but Spanish football expert Alvaro Montero told Sky Sports that the La Liga giants believe Liverpool have also made an approach.
It seems unlikely Liverpool would match PSG’s valuation given their more frugal spending in recent windows – but Europe’s top clubs will be watching developments closely given Mbappe’s contract is due to expire next summer.
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Reds told midfielder move is “no-brainer”
Liverpool have been told it’s a “no-brainer” to sign Saul Niguez – but only if it’s a loan with no obligation to buy.
Former Liverpool left-back Jose Enrique says Jurgen Klopp already has enough quality in his engine room, but should move for Saul if the deal is on favourable terms.
“If it’s a loan with an option to buy [and not a compulsion to buy] it’s a no-brainer, that’s the reality,” Enrique told Empire of the Kop.
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“If he does well – I believe he’s a world-class player and he’d do well – you can buy him, and if not you can just have him for the season.
“In my opinion, I don’t think signing a new midfielder is a priority for Klopp.
“We have Curtis [Jones], Harvey Elliott, [James] Milner, [Naby] Keita, [Jordan] Henderson, Fabinho, Thiago; so you have six or seven players for three positions, so why would you sign a new No.8, even if he’s a better option than some of the players already available?”
Liverpool “plan” for Salah back-up
Liverpool are planning to thrust winger Kaide Gordon into first-team action this season – and he could provide back-up for Mohamed Salah.
The 18-year-old made his first Premier 2 League start on Monday – and the left-footed wideman scored from 25 yards as Everton were despatched 3-1.
Anfield insiders have told the Liverpool Echo that Gordon could play in cup competitions this season, with Xherdan Shaqiri bound for Lyon.
And after Gordon’s man-of-the-match display on Monday, U23s coach Barry Lewtas revealed there is a plan to give the teenage more first-team opportunities.
“He’s got a lovely knack for scoring goals, a real eye for goal,” said Lewtas. “You can see the big potential, he’s good. He caused the left-back all kinds of problems.”
He added: “We’ve got a plan for him, from an academy point of view and a first-team point of view. We certainly don’t want to hold him back.”