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Reports: Real Madrid and Liverpool to battle it out for Kylian Mbappe next summer

Real Madrid and Liverpool are set to go head to head in the transfer market
Real Madrid and Liverpool are set to go head to head in the transfer market
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Modified 22 Sep 2020, 16:20 IST
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According to L'Equipe via GFFN, Liverpool and Real Madrid are in constant contact with Paris Saint-Germain attacker Kylian Mbappe and will attempt to sign him next summer. The Frenchman will have only a year left on his contract in the summer of 2021 and could leave the Parisian club for a cut-price fee, as he looks set to take the next step of his young career so far.

While Real Madrid's interest is well documented, Liverpool have quickly re-established themselves as a European superpower under Jurgen Klopp. Mbappe's desire is to represent Los Blancos, with the youngster citing Cristiano Ronaldo as his idol.

The obvious lure of Zinedine Zidane also works in Real Madrid's favour, as the legendary manager spoke glowingly of the player when he was quizzed about him last year. However, L'Equipe suggest that Liverpool's interest is long-standing, with Jurgen Klopp maintaining contact with the players entourage since 2017.

Mbappe also heaped praise on the Reds earlier this year and admitted that their level of consistency on the way to their maiden Premier League triumph was commendable. The two clubs are believed to be leading the race to secure his signature as things stand and it remains to be seen if other clubs across the continent decide to make a move.

Real Madrid and Liverpool on red alert for Mbappe

Kylian Mbappe has spoken glowingly about Liverpool and Real Madrid in the past
Kylian Mbappe has spoken glowingly about Liverpool and Real Madrid in the past

The 21-year-old is one of the best players on the planet, with his ability to devastate defenders with his pace and direct running being singled out for special praise. Mbappe's movement off the ball is also one of his greatest strengths, as he continues to establish himself as a key player for club and country.

Liverpool and Real Madrid are aware that he will only have a year left on his contract next summer and could test the waters with a bid in 2021, as the two sides look to pull what could go down as one of the biggest transfers in the history of the game.

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Real Madrid have endured a quiet summer in 2020 and look to be saving funds to make a big-money move for Mbappe next year. Liverpool, on the other hand, have signed Kostas Tsimikas, Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota for a combined fee believed to be in the region of £75 million.


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Published 22 Sep 2020, 16:20 IST
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