Former Chelsea and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has said that he cannot see how the Reds can compete with Real Madrid for Kylian Mbappe’s signature.
In an interview with Betting Odds, Glen Johnson has had his say on the future of Kylian Mbappe. While the former Chelsea and Liverpool defender said that all the big clubs across Europe will be vying for the signature of the Real Madrid target, he has ruled the Reds out of the race.
Kylian Mbappe is perhaps, the hottest property in the transfer market right now after entering the final year of his contract with Paris Saint-Germain. Widespread reports also suggest that he has no intention of signing a new deal with the Ligue 1 heavyweights, and that he is likely to run his deal down before embarking on a new adventure as a free agent.
Unsurprisingly, Real Madrid have been linked with a potential Bosman move for the 22-year-old, having practically tailed him ever since he first broke out at AS Monaco. However, his potential status as a free agent next summer could possibly even create a major transfer battle among the bigwigs of Europe.
Real Madrid had been hoping to sign the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner in the summer, only for PSG to keep hold of him. And now, in an interview with Betting Odds, former Chelsea and Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has said that Mbappe will be up for grabs next summer.
Johnson said, “It’s going to be a toss up amongst all the big boys isn’t it? Everybody is going to want him if he’s available, however I can’t see how Liverpool can compete with a big bid from Real Madrid as they’ve just saved themselves £180 million by not signing him in August.”
“They’re now £180 million better off to offer him a bigger contract, so it’s hard to see how his other suitors can compete with that. Despite this, you don’t definitely know where he’s going to go. It could even come down to the relationships he has with certain players at other clubs who may try and turn his eye.”
Liverpool have indeed been named as one of the potential suitors for Mbappe and the fact that he will cost nothing in way of a transfer fee makes him an appealing target. However, the fact that he will command staggeringly high wages coupled with the fact that he dreams of playing for Real Madrid means he could well be out of the Reds’ grasp next summer.