Liverpool reportedly have had a bid for Manchester United target Kylian Mbappe rejected by newly crowned Ligue 1 Champions AS Monaco
Kylian Mbappe has been the talk of the town all through the ongoing domestic campaign and has been hounded by a number of top clubs in Europe. And according to Marca, Liverpool are joining the queue having already had a £68 million bid rejected by AS Monaco.
Les Rouges et Blancs have enjoyed a dream campaign securing a Ligue 1 title for the first time since 2000 aside an impressive run up to the Champions League semi-final. And there are a lot of incredibly talented youngsters that made the journey exciting for the French side but the one name everyone’s talking about is teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe.
How often do you here of clubs willing to shell out in excess of £60-70 million to acquire the services of an 18-year-old? Such has been the impact of Mbappe’s goalscoring exploits on Monaco’s remarkable run of form.
The youngster has been largely linked with the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United over the course of the last few months. Even Arsenal have expressed their interest among others in acquiring the player’s services.
But evidently Liverpool are looking to steal a march as they are seek to develop their squad for Champions League participation next year, should they seal it with victory against Boro on Sunday.
The Reds have had a mixed season in the Premier League enjoying patches of good form while showing signs of struggle on other occasions especially in the absence of star summer signing Sadio Mane.
Other injury casualties like that of Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho during crucial periods of the season saw the Reds struggle to hit consistency. Alternatively their shaky defence has also forced them to lose points from a winning position on a number of occasions.
There are a fair bit of positives for Klopp to consume as well from his full season in-charge but if not anything else, the league season without any European football has still glaringly reflected upon his side’s sheer lack of squad depth. The inability to put players half as decent as Coutinho, Mane or Lallana during their absence doesn’t spell good for a club with ambitions of fighting at the continental level.
Therefore their desire in competing with big-money merchants like Real Madrid and Manchester United to secure Mbappe’s signature signals a step in the right direction as far as bringing in top quality players is concerned.
Mbappe in 43 appearances this season has ended up scoring a staggering 26 goals and 14 assists breaking numerous records on the way. To do that on the biggest stage is one thing, but to do it as an 18-year-old has understandably left the footballing world in awe with the player as many have begun touting him for big things in the future.
There’s no questioning that Mbappe’s transfer saga could shape up to be the story of the upcoming transfer window given the sheer magnitude of interest in him. Only time will tell which club will be able to secure the 18-year-old’s loyalties at the end of it all.