How Nike can help Liverpool complete mega marquee signing – view

If Liverpool are going to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Kylian Mbappe they are going to need financial assistance and their new partnership with Nike could prove useful.

Real Madrid have offered €170m (£145m) to PSG for Mbappe and unless Liverpool want to miss out on signing a player who is set to become the best on the planet, they need to act soon.

Liverpool can use their relatively new relationship with Nike to sign Kylian Mbappe this summer by covering a portion of his wages and the transfer fee.

PSG sensationally signed the best player of all time, Lionel Messi, and yet, Kylian Mbappe wants to head in the opposite direction and you can only applaud him for it.

While Neymar made the wrong choice choosing PSG and Ligue 1 over Barcelona and La Liga, I think his younger counterpart would only enhance his reputation and legacy if he left a super team for a more challenging league and succeeded.

How can Nike help Liverpool sign the player?

Liverpool could still sign him next summer for free but this will still lead to a huge signing-on bonus and massive wage demands which they might not be able to afford.

TROYES, FRANCE - AUGUST 07: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain looks during warmup before the Ligue 1 football match between Troyes and Paris at Stade de l'Aube on August 07, 2021 in Troyes, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)
TROYES, FRANCE – AUGUST 07: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain looks during warmup before the Ligue 1 football match between Troyes and Paris at Stade de l’Aube on August 07, 2021 in Troyes, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier/Getty Images)

Real Madrid have forced the issue this summer and if they are going to up the ante further with a second bid, I think Liverpool should at least consider enlisting Nike’s help in signing Mbappe.

I have no idea if it’s even possible and the kit manufacturers might want to remain impartial as they also work with PSG as well as several other massive clubs in Europe.

Crucially, Gareth Bale’s contract with Real Madrid expires next summer which means the La Liga outfit will no longer have to pay his inconceivable £600,000/week wages.

This would give Los Blancos the upper hand as they would be able to blow Liverpool out of the water in terms of their ability to offer a higher salary.

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 14: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain reacts after teammate Pablo Sarabia scored during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and Strasbourg at Parc des Princes on August 14, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 14: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain reacts after teammate Pablo Sarabia scored during the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and Strasbourg at Parc des Princes on August 14, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

Signing Mbappe this summer would likely still require the Reds to destroy their own wage structure but if Nike agreed to help subsidise the costs of signing Mbappe, it would be possible.

Ego rumours might be a roadblock for Klopp

Nobody can testify as to what Klopp thinks but the German has built Liverpool’s success on squad harmony and as we saw with Mario Balotelli and Mamadou Sakho, he doesn’t tolerate ill-discipline.

While there is nothing to suggest a lack of discipline from the PSG forward, Mbappe seems to believe in his own hype which can be very dangerous for a squad assembled in the way Klopp has built his side.

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 14: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during warmup before the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and Strasbourg at Parc des Princes on August 14, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 14: Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain looks on during warmup before the Ligue 1 Uber Eats match between Paris Saint Germain and Strasbourg at Parc des Princes on August 14, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

The Liverpool coach would prefer to work with players with less talent that work well together and operate like a well-oiled machine than with a squad of multi-millionaire spoilt brats.

If Mbappe doesn’t align with Klopp’s vision for the Anfield side, I have no doubt that he would pass up on signing him and would probably wish him luck at Real Madrid too.

Michael Mongie
Football Central Media Group founder, owner and editor.

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