Before deciding to remain with Paris Saint-Germain last week, superstar striker Kylian Mbappe said on Monday that Real Madrid wasn’t the only club he contemplated signing with this next summer.
Liverpool was also in contention, but in a distant third place.
“We exchanged a few words, but not too much. We had a brief discussion “Mbappe told the Telegraph’s Jason Burt.
“I spoke with Liverpool since it is my mother’s favorite team. I’m not sure why, but you’ll have to ask her! It’s a great club, and we’ve known them for five years. I met them while I was in Monaco. It is a large club.”
Mbappe’s choice concluded a year-long chase by Real Madrid as PSG tried to retain him, and it was one of the biggest storylines moving into the summer, alongside Erling Haaland’s next team at Borussia Dortmund (he chose Premier League champions Manchester City).
Liverpool, who finished only one point behind Man City in the Premier League championship battle and will play Los Blancos in the Champions League final on Saturday, would have been a juggernaut if Mbappe had opted to lead the line.
On the wing, the Reds already have the lethal combination of Mohamed Salah and Madio Sane. Salah shared the Premier League Golden Boot with Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min with 23 goals, and he also led the league with 13 assists.
Mane, on the other hand, scored 16 goals (tied for seventh in the EPL) and added two assists. Liverpool already has one of the most clinical front threes in the world in Diogo Jota (15 goals, four assists).
Mbappe, on the other hand, would improve any offensive unit on the world. He scored 28 goals and made 17 assists in Ligue 1, as well as six goals and four assists in eight Champions League games.
It’s no wonder that Real Madrid tried all out to sign him, even setting money aside in past seasons to create way for a major deal in order to acquire his talents.
Mbappe even hinted that he may join Real Madrid in the future.
Despite the risk of losing Mbappe on a free transfer this summer, PSG rejected down a rumored €200 million offer from Los Blancos in August. Mbappe grew up a Real Madrid fan, and PSG rejected down expensive offers with little certainty he’d return.
He did, however, return, shattering the hearts of Real Madrid—and, to a lesser degree, Liverpool—fans in the process.
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