Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has categorically denied rumours about the club’s potential pursuit of outgoing Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe.
Mbappe has been at the forefront of consistent speculation about his future after informing Les Parisiens of his reluctance to extend his stay beyond next summer.
His current contract runs out in less than 12 months, and PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has no intention of losing his most prized asset for free.
While the record-time Ligue 1 champions are inclined to believe their marquee forward has reached a secret agreement to join Real Madrid in a year, Los Blancos have been radio silent.
Saudi Pro League giants Al-Hilal are the only club to have made a formal approach for Mbappe, having seen their record-shattering £257 million offer accepted by PSG.
But the Saudis have been unable to convince the ex-Monaco star to come to terms despite presenting him with a mind-blowing contract package no human could possibly reject.
Mbappe’s indecisiveness has opened the door for a new series of rumours, with Liverpool re-emerging as his possible landing spot.
Considering the 24-year-old’s stratospheric wages and PSG’s equally prohibitive demands, the Reds cannot compete for his signature despite emerging as potential candidates to sign him.
Asked to provide an update on the matter, Klopp laughed off indications his side would attempt to bring one of the world’s best players to Anfield.
“We laugh about it,” he said, as quoted by The Athletic. “I can say that I think he is a really good player. But the financial framework conditions don’t suit us at all.
“I would not like to destroy the story but as far as I know there is nothing to it. Maybe someone else from the club is preparing something and wants to surprise me!
“But this has not yet happened in the eight years I have been here. That would be the first time.”
Liverpool have acquired two top talents this summer in the shape of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominic Szoboszlai.
But Klopp’s statement suggests the Reds won’t be carried away by a delusional idea of Mbappe joining forces with Mohamed Salah.
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