Jurgen Klopp has discussed Liverpool’s transfer move for Kylian Mbappe amid links with a move to Arsenal and Chelsea this summer.

 

 

 

 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has laughed at suggestions his club are making a move for Paris Saint-Germain star forward Kylian Mbappe in the summer transfer market, and all-but ruled his side out of the race due to the financial difficulties of getting a deal done.

It comes as the Reds have been linked with a move for the French forward alongside Chelsea, Arsenal and Real Madrid, with an exit on the cards. The 24-year-old has just one-year remaining on his contract at Parc des Princes, having refused to trigger a year extension that expired on July 31.

It leaves the Ligue 1 champions facing a difficult decision over his future, playing out a public saga since that has looked to push an extension of his deal or force an exit this summer over losing him on a free next year. The drastic decision was later taken to leave the forward out of the pre-season tour of Japan with the rest of the first-team squad.

A world record bid from Saudi Arabia was accepted in the region of £250million, but with the player turning down the chance to move there, his options are now limited. A loan switch to the Premier League is one of those left, with reports claiming Liverpool opened talks.

Chelsea were later claimed to be in discussions over bringing Mbappe to Stamford Bridge, while others state that if he were to move to England, Arsenal would be his preference. At this stage, it appears as though things are at a stalemate, but Klopp may have opened the race to other teams with his recent admission on the deal.

When asked about the Mbappe saga, the German coach responded: “Mbappe and Liverpool links? We laugh about it! I can say that I think he’s a really good player, but the financial conditions don’t suit us at all. That would be first time in eight-years that someone else from the club is preparing something and wants to surprise me!”

That should eliminate Liverpool from the race, leaving Arsenal and Chelsea with an opportunity to land Mbappe this summer if they make a push. With options running out, it appears as though this saga is set to drag on for at least another few weeks before the window closes.

 

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