Kylian Mbappé may be the best footballer in the world at the moment, and at just 22-years-old his value is astronomically high. Unfortunately for his current club, Paris Saint-Germain, the young Frenchman’s contract expires next summer, and it looks increasingly likely they won’t be able to negotiate a new one with him.
This leaves PSG exploring selling their superstar this summer rather than letting him walk next summer. However, that’s not easy when you’re talking about a player whose value is measured in the hundreds of millions, especially during a global pandemic that has tightened the purse strings at most clubs.
The good news is that reports say Mbappé may actually be available at the cut-rate price of just 120 million Euros!
The Metro, citing an unlinked story from Le Parisien, says that PSG’s owner and sporting director are growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress in their contract negotiations with Mbappé. They’re supposedly willing to cut their asking price considerably to make sure they can get some value out of his departure.
The reported price of €120-150 million is actually quite a bargain for a 22 y/o superstar like Mbappé, but they still might have trouble finding a club that can afford it, especially when you factor in the wages he’s sure to be seeking.
Liverpool continue to be linked with a potential move for the 2018 World Cup winner, but the possibility that they are a legitimate contender to sign him is still extremely slim. Even if he is available for €120 million Euros, and even if club owners Fenway Sports Group did just receive a cash infusion of half a billion dollars, the money just isn’t there.
FSG has spent years putting this club into a healthy financial position with shrewd deal-making and a competitive, responsible wage structure. They are not likely to blow it all up to sign a single player, even one with Mbappé’s considerable talents. Barring Nike stepping in and covering the majority of the transfer fee and wages, Liverpool simply aren’t going to pony up for Mbappé.