Long-time Liverpool target Kylian Mbappe is “not happy” at Paris Saint-Germain amidst a deteriorating relationship with the club and wants to depart “as soon as possible”.
That is according to Fabrizio Romano, who relayed an update on the 23-year-old France star.
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The transfer guru claimed that PSG are feeling the pressure that Mbappe is putting on the club, but despite that situation, they have no intention to sell him in January.
Taking to Twitter to provide the update, Romano said: “Kylian Mbappé, not happy with Paris Saint-Germain as current situation is really tense. He wants to leave the club, as soon as possible.
“Paris Saint-Germain feel he’s really putting pressure on the club — they have no intention to sell Mbappé in January.”
Pressure at PSG
Amidst Mbappe’s public desire to depart the Ligue 1 club, seemingly as soon as possible, there is one thing for sure – Liverpool need to be in for him.
His perceived attitude in the media over the past year may not not given him the best look, but you get the impression that the 23-year-old could make a seamless transition to Premier League football under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp, in a similar way to how Erling Haaland has hit the ground running at Manchester City.
Already boasting 238 senior goals in his club and international career, Mbappe could hold the key to sustained long-term competitiveness for Liverpool; and if there are indeed any signs of a poor attitude, you would expect Klopp to iron that out of the forward rather promptly.
The “world beater” – as dubbed by CBS Sports’ Aaron West on Twitter – held talks with Liverpool during the summer after he clocked up a staggering 47 goal contributions last term in Ligue 1 in the form of 28 goals and 19 assists across 35 games for PSG.
That placed him as the Parisian club’s best attacking asset, ahead of Neymar and Lionel Messi, neither of whom could come close to his total.
For context, Messi was PSG’s second highest attacking threat, chipping in with 20 contributions in the form of six goals and 14 assists, with Mbappe usurping the Argentina great for both goals and assists.
There is no doubting the 23-year-old’s ability, that’s for sure. If anything, it would be the fee which would serve as the biggest obstacle in Liverpool’s bid to acquire Mbappe’s services, given his £144m Transfermarkt valuation and FSG’s reputation for frugality.
However, with Mohamed Salah now in his 30s, the Frenchman is a star who Liverpool appear to need in their hunt for sustained long-term success.