KEY POINTS

  • PSG have set $240 million as Mbappe's price tag
  • Mbappe is contracted with PSG until 2022
  • He has scored 21 goals in the ongoing season for PSG

Kylian Mbappe, who is expected to leave Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) in the summer of 2021, reportedly has been labeled with a hefty transfer fee. Liverpool FC, one of the top European clubs chasing Mbappe, are confident of beating the likes of Real Madrid in the race to sign the talented forward.

PSG have set a transfer fee of $240 million for Mbappe, who is currently contracted with the French club until 2022, Le Parisien reported. If he does not sign an extension with PSG before the end of the ongoing campaign, PSG will have no option but to sell him.

Mbappe's $225 million permanent move from Monaco to PSG had made the young playmaker the second-most expensive player in the history of soccer after his PSG teammate Neymar. Mbappe first moved to PSG on a season-long loan in 2017-18, where he impressed the French club with 21 goals 43 competitive appearances.

Ever since Mbappe was made permanent, he has top-scored for PSG in each of three seasons. He netted 39 and 30 goals respectively in 2018-19 and 2019-20. In the ongoing campaign, which is his third as a full-time player with PSG, Mbappe has already scored 21 goals in 29 matches across all competitions.

He recently struck a hat-trick, helping PSG thrash Lionel Messi's FC Barcelona 4-1 at Camp Nou in the Round of 16 of UEFA Champions League.

Among the top clubs that have genuinely shown interest in signing Mbappe are Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Juventus.

PSG are certain that clubs will think twice before entering Mbappe's transfer business, keeping in mind the financial crisis they have gone through because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the price has not put off Liverpool as they theoretically have the funds or powerful shareholders, according to Le Parisien report.

France forward Kylian Mbappe scored a cracker on Wednesday France forward Kylian Mbappe Photo: AFP / FRANCK FIFE

Liverpool's owners came under massive criticism after failing to make important signings in the recently concluded January transfer window. Despite Jurgen Klopp losing three center-backs to injuries – Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, and Joel Matip, Liverpool spent less than $7 million on Preston's Ben Davies and Schalke's Ozan Kabak as cover. It is believed that the signing of Mbappe in the summer could be a perfect answer to their critics, Teamtalk reported.