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Kylian Mbappe has given Liverpool fans more reason to be hopeful of completing a sensational transfer for the French star. With his contract up at PSG this summer, Mbappe is almost certain to leave with Real Madrid perceived as favourites to land him after a prolonged pursuit.

The Ligue 1 champions had been open to letting Mbappe leave in the summer, in order to recuperate at least part of the £156million they paid Monaco back in 2018. But the 25-year-old has instead opted to see out his big-money contract with the Parisian side.

Real have been pushing for a pre-contract agreement with Mbappe, in a bid to secure a deal before the summer transfer window. But as of yet, the 2018 World Cup winner has not agreed to a switch, a development that offers hope to the Reds.

And according to journalist Julien Laurens, the forward is still open to a move to England. He’s previously made no secret of his admiration for the Merseyside club, a notion cited by Laurens.

Speaking on his podcast, Laurens said that although Real Madrid are leading the race, Mbappe has long been an admirer of Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp and he has not ruled out a move to the Premier League. His mother Fayza Lamari, who plays an influential role in the off-field management of her son, is also a passionate fan of Klopp’s side.

But any potential deal could be dependent on Mo Salah, who is expected to be the subject of interest from Saudi Arabia this summer. Mbappe’s current £62m annual earnings are more than triple the salary of Salah, the club’s highest earner.

Therefore, it may need Salah to move to the Middle East in order to finance any move for Mbappe. Indeed, it appears almost inconceivable that the club would be able to negotiate both players being on the books.

Earlier this month, after helping PSG to Trophee des Champions glory with a 2-0 win over Toulouse, Mbappe was cryptic on his future, saying: “I haven’t made my decision. I didn’t make a choice.

“But in any case, with the agreement I made with the president this summer, whatever my decision we managed to protect all the parties. And to preserve the serenity of the club for the challenges to come. When will I decide? I do not know.”

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