18 May 2017

Anfield MegaDeal: Liverpool make record €75m offer for 'unbelievable' attacker who rejected Man Utd

Liverpool have reportedly made a massive club record bid to sign Ligue One's breakout star of the season.

Over the weekend, Ex-Red Vladimir Smicer urged Liverpool to break the bank and sign Monaco star Kylian Mbappe, and it appears that Jurgen Klopp is trying to do exactly that. According to Spanish newspaper Marca today,

"Liverpool are keen on [Mbappe's] signature. The Reds expressed their interest on paper, but...Monaco have rejected a 75 million offer".

Last season, Liverpool reportedly sent scouts to watch Mbappe, and in March, the Daily Mail claimed that the 18-year old 'turned down' a move to Liverpool.

€75m for an 18-year old? Give me a break. Mbappe is having a standout season at Monaco, but this is only his first full year at the top level, and there's no guarantee he'll maintain and/or improve his form at a more competitive club.

Mbappe is the kind of young player Liverpool should be targeting (i.e. the best of the best in their position), but €75m is far too risky. I'd rather see the club spend €35m on two Sadio Mane-style players (i.e. proven, experienced players capable of making an immediate impact on the first team) rather than €75m on a teenager. In any event, the Liverpool Echo claims:

"The ECHO understands that Liverpool have not made any formal bid for Kylian Mbappe".

With all due respect, I just don't believe this from the Echo. They always do this - another newspaper claims that Liverpool are interested in a player, and then an hour later, they post an article claiming the 'Echo understands that LFC are not interested and/or have not made a bid'.

It's unprovable either way. Liverpool will never come out and publicly confirm or deny a transfer bid, so newspapers can basically say what they like in a bid to give the appearance of having inside information. Of course, the same applies to Marca with their Mbappe claim.

Whatever the truth, Liverpool (arguably) have no chance of signing Mbappe, which is a good thing as he'd probably be shunted out to the wing in a Klopp team, and forced to prioritise running and pressing over scoring goals.

* May 2017: Reportedly rejected a move to Man Utd


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