Liverpool and other potential suitors for Kylian Mbappe are on red alert after news that Paris Saint Germain are prepared to reduce their asking price by up to nearly £70million for the player.
According to reports in France, the Ligue Un club are set to be growing ‘impatient’ with the lack of progress over discussions to extend the 22-year-old’s contract which expires in 2022.
French publication Le Parisein claim PSG do not want to risk losing the player for nothing and will be prepared to listen to bids of between €120-150million (£102-£127million) rather than the €200million (£170million) originally touted.
PSG’s preference would clearly be to keep hold of the 22-year-old sensation but hinted they may be ready to sanction a sale if no new contract is agreed.
“We’ve been talking for a long time, everyone knows what we want,” said Sporting Director Leonardo. “We will arrive at the moment when we must take a position and a decision.”
Mbappe joined PSG from Ligue Un rivals Monaco for nearly £170million in 2017 and has scored 120 goals in 160 appearances for the club.
Regarded as one of the best young players in the world, the forward also helped his country lift the 2018 World Cup, scoring four times in the tournament including in the final.
Liverpool are among the reported frontrunners for the player’s signature, and will be encouraged by the reports of a lower fee to pry him away from France.
The Reds were handed a financial boost earlier in the week following news of a £538million investment by RedBird capital into the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group.
As a result, Jurgen Klopp’s side expect to continue to be competitive in the transfer market, and operate as they had done prior to the crisis.
“As far as I know – it gives us consistency in what we have done so far,” the Reds boss said in response to the news
“It’s good news, because what we have all spoken about in the last year with clubs suffering as well without supporters in the stadium and these kinds of things.
“This gives us more security that it will go on like it did before.”