After €70m move was made official, LFC target has been given a ‘no excuse’ warning by club president

After signing Lionel Messi, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has wasted no time in sending Kylian Mbappe a message over his contract.

It’s impressive and kind of scary how ruthless PSG are as a business.

Just minutes after officially announcing Lionel Messi as a Paris Saint-Germain player, their president had already shifted his agenda.

Fabrizio Romano says the move will cost PSG €35m net per season and will cost a minimum of €70m if the Argentine doesn’t extend his contract with the Parisians until 2024.

PARIS, FRANCE - AUGUST 11: Lionel Messi answers journalists with President Nasser Al Khelaifi during a conference of Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on August 11, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier - PSG/PSG via Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE – AUGUST 11: Lionel Messi answers journalists with President Nasser Al Khelaifi during a conference of Paris Saint-Germain at Parc des Princes on August 11, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Aurelien Meunier – PSG/PSG via Getty Images)

The world cannot wait to see Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and, of course, the great Lionel Messi combine at Parc des Princes.

Yet, Al Khelaifi will worry that this historic trio will only be on show for one season as Mbappe’s contract is set to expire next summer.

Speaking at Messi’s press conference, Al-Khelaifi says that Mbappe has “no excuse”  not to sign an extension with the Parisians now that Messi has joined the club.

“He’s said that he wanted a competitive team – there’s no better than this team now, he has no excuse to do anything else now.”

Paris Saint-Germain's Qatari President Nasser Al-Khelaifi (L) poses along side Argentinian football player Lionel Messi as he holds-up his number 30 shirt during a press conference at the French football club Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on August 11, 2021. - The 34-year-old superstar signed a two-year deal with PSG on August 10, 2021, with the option of an additional year, he will wear the number 30 in Paris, the number he had when he began his professional career at Spain's Barca football club. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN / AFP) (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images)
Paris Saint-Germain’s Qatari President Nasser Al-Khelaifi (L) poses along side Argentinian football player Lionel Messi as he holds-up his number 30 shirt during a press conference. (Photo by STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP via Getty Images)

As I wrote yesterday, Mbappe has a huge decision to make regarding his future but the one thing that is out of PSG’s control is how competitive Ligue 1 is.

The one thing that Cristiano Ronaldo has over Messi in the debate over who is truly the greatest of all time is that the Portuguese conquered the Premier League as well as La Liga and Serie A.

Ligue 1 isn’t a very competitive league and if Mbappe is determined to test himself in England or Spain then there will be little that PSG can do to change his mind but with Messi in Paris and the possibility of winning the Champions League not just once but twice might sway his decision making.

Marca reported last month that Reds enquired about the 22-year-old’s availability but an ambitious club like PSG was never going to let him go.

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)

I still think that Liverpool have a mountain to climb in terms of the financials involved in signing a player like Mbappe.

While all of Liverpool’s rivals pay enormous wages, it is part of the Anfield outfit’s strategy to nurture squad harmony by not paying up to £300,000 per week like Manchester United, for instance.

Kylian Mbappe would likely far exceed that his demands so signing him would present a considerable financial challenge for Fenway Sports Group and I can’t imagine it’s one they’re up for.

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

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