Kylian Mbappe and the transfer circus is back in town for another summer and with Paris Saint-Germain having accepted a whopping £259m bid, Liverpool fans are right to express concern.
Saudi Arabia is poaching one player after another and while they have predominantly targeted those no longer in their prime – Jordan Henderson and Fabinho – Mbappe does not fit that bill.
The Frenchman had told PSG that he would not be extending his contract beyond 2024, keeping the club in a position where they need to sell him this summer or risk losing him for free next year.
There are a hand full who could afford him, but Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal have tabled an astronomical £259 million bid, which PSG have, obviously, accepted – Sky Sports reports.
Mbappe is now free to talk to Al-Hilal and while there is currently no indication the 24-year-old would be willing to make the move, it has alerted Liverpool fans all the same.
Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s No.11 has been linked with PSG every time Mbappe makes us endure a summer saga, and if £259 million lines the Ligue 1 side’s pockets there is bound to be talk.
The money being splashed by the Saudi Pro League is distorting the market and changing the football landscape, and not for the better.
Taking Salah away from Liverpool will never come cheap, the 30-year-old has a contract until 2025, but PSG could soon have the funds needed to get his signature.
Whether Salah or the club would entertain such notions remains to be seen, especially just weeks out from the season, but it could now be a legitimate space to watch.
Neymar was the first to inflate the market for everyone and if Mbappe does move for £259m – a world-record fee – Salah would not be the only domino to fall, he could be one of many in a sport that now looks unrecognisable.