In Summary
  • The 20-year-old Paris Saint Germain striker - who was instrumental in France's lifting of the 2018 World Cup - has been linked with Real Madrid.
  • PSG are seeking to extend his present contract and if they were reluctantly to allow him to leave are believed to want more than the record fee of £198 million they paid Barcelona for Neymar in 2017.

LIVERPOOL

French star Kylian Mbappe is out of Liverpool's price range, the Premier League leaders manager and long-time admirer Jurgen Klopp says.

The 20-year-old Paris Saint Germain striker - who was instrumental in France's lifting of the 2018 World Cup - has been linked with Real Madrid.

This gathered momentum earlier in the week when Real's coach Zinedine Zidane remarked that Mbappe had always said it was his dream to play for the Spanish side.

Klopp, speaking ahead of Sunday's clash with second-placed Manchester City, had been keen to sign Mbappe in 2017 and met with the player and his entourage.

However, he opted to join PSG for £158 million ($202 million, Sh21 billion).

PSG are seeking to extend his present contract and if they were reluctantly to allow him to leave are believed to want more than the record fee of £198 million they paid Barcelona for Neymar in 2017.

"Buying this calibre of player is difficult," Klopp was cited in Saturday's The Times as saying.

"I don't see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappé from PSG.

"I don't see any club. That is how it is. And we are involved in these clubs who cannot do it. Easy as that.

"OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him.

"What a player he is. It is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely, no chance. Sorry for killing that story."

Klopp, whose side have a six point lead over champions City heading into their match at Anfield, said the minimalist level of activity from him in the transfer market in the close season was down to the money being asked for their targets.

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