Liverpool could be prepared to part ways with one of their first-team stalwarts to accommodate a potential world-record transfer.
Spanish media outlet El Desmarque reported (via Daily Express) that the Reds have made Kylian Mbappe a primary transfer target and could be willing to spend €250m (£215m) to bring him to Anfield, which would make him the most expensive footballer of all-time.
El Desmarque added that Real Madrid are also interested in the Paris Saint-Germain forward, and claimed that if Liverpool land the 20-year-old, they could consequently sell Mohamed Salah to the La Liga club.
Mbappe had a two-month spell without scoring between August and October, but then responded with seven goals in four games prior to last night’s Champions League win over Club Brugge. [via TransferMarkt]
Although Salah has faced criticism this season for his apparent selfishness and ineffective performances in some games, he has still scored eight goals in 16 matches in all competitions, making him Liverpool’s second-highest scorer for the campaign behind Sadio Mane.
It hasn’t just been a case of filling his boots against lower-placed Premier League sides, either – he scored twice in a 3-1 win over Arsenal, as well as the 4-3 Champions League win against Red Bull Salzburg, and also netted the decisive penalty to see off Tottenham in a tight contest a couple of weeks ago.
Salah has been a huge success since coming to Liverpool two years ago, scoring 79 goals in 120 games for the club in a £36.9m deal (as per The Guardian) that has proven to be exceptionally good value for the Reds.
Although he bought Salah and Alisson from regular Champions League participants Roma, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has tended to look to clubs outside Europe’s top competition for many signings, bringing in Mane and Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, Andrew Robertson from Hull, Xherdan Shaqiri from Stoke and Georginio Wijnaldum from Newcastle. [via TransferMarkt]
Therefore, it would represent a major change of tack for him to pursue a potential world-record transfer for Mbappe, even if Liverpool’s standing as Champions League holders should make them an attractive destination.
Also, irrespective of how outstanding Mbappe’s goal record has been, losing a proven Reds star in Salah in order to get the PSG striker could represent a major gamble from the Anfield club.
Is this the worst Salah has played since joining Liverpool?
Liverpool fans, should the club sell Salah if it means being able to get Mbappe? Would the Frenchman be a good fit at Anfield? Comment below with your views!
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