Liverpool could cash in on Mohamed Salah in the summer and replace him with Paris Saint-Germain attacker Kylian Mbappe. Mbappe, who has also been tipped to sign for Real Madrid, has entered the final six months of his contract at the Parc des Princes and is free to talk to overseas clubs about joining them on a free transfer at the end of the season.
Salah has been mesmerising on the pitch since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017 and has helped the north west giants win the Champions League, Premier League and Club World Cup as well as the FA Cup and Carabao Cup. But he will turn 32 in the summer and will only have one year remaining on his Reds contract by then.
Liverpool reportedly rejected a £150million offer for Salah from Al Ittihad at the end of the summer transfer window. But the Saudi Pro League giants are expected to come in for the Egypt international once again this year – and the Reds could finally sanction his departure.
Mbappe, who won the World Cup with France in 2018, is regarded as one of the best players in world football and could be the perfect replacement for Salah. According to Le Parisien, the 25-year-old is ‘not indifferent’ to moving to Anfield, with the report suggesting Liverpool are the ‘most credible and dangerous candidate’ for PSG when it comes to a transfer.
Mbappe’s current employers want him to stay where he is and have tailored their plans to his needs in recent years. But Liverpool regard Mbappe as the sort of marquee player they need to keep pace with Manchester City in the future and view him as their dream replacement for Salah.
In an interview with RMC Sport ahead of a Champions League clash in 2018, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp spoke about Mbappe as he explained: “I love him to be honest. What a player he is and a nice lad as well, so he’s a really good kid. What a player, what a player.
“Everyone knows him since he was 16, 17 when he impressed in Monaco’s youth teams, and I saw videos of him when he was 17 and he destroyed defensive lines as he is doing now. He’s at an unbelievable level of consistency at that age. He’s an outstanding player, that’s clear, but he can deliver, deliver and deliver, which shows he’s a really good educated boy and he knows what he is doing.”
And in 2020, Mbappe spoke about Klopp as he said: “This season, Liverpool have been a machine in the Premier League. They have made winning look easy but the truth is that it is never easy. Performances like they have been having don’t just happen. To be as ruthless as they have been would come from lots of hard work in training and from having a very good manager.”