Paris Saint-Germain could lose their two key players next summer with Liverpool “in the conversation” to sign one of them, according to French football expert Julien Laurens.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are both out of contract in 2022 and if they do not sign an extension then PSG risk losing around £400million worth of talent for free.
The French champions may be forced into cashing in on the pair next summer to avoid a huge loss.
Laurens thinks improvements must be made this year to convince the pair to extend their stay at the Parc des Princes.
“The structure in the club is far more professional. Far more serious in many ways,” he said. “The thing for me is this is a key season.
“For one thing especially – Neymar and Mbappe are both out of contract in June 2022. If the club cannot extend those deals, and they want to extend both of them; ideally they would want Mbappe to sign a new deal and Neymar to sign a new deal. You can keep them for a bit longer and then they will eventually go, especially Mbappe.
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“Real Madrid are his dream, but Liverpool very much will be in the conversation for him and his family because he’s really in awe of what they are doing and what they are building. He spoke on the record of how good they’ve been.
“I think he used the word ‘machine’. I certainly think he will really fancy playing for a club like Liverpool if there was an opportunity there.
“I don’t think it’s just Real Madrid, I think there are others as well in Europe who have the same fascination and attraction as Real Madrid but they seem to still be the club he wants to play for.”
However, there could be an issue with the fee as Liverpool were not able to afford £54million for Timo Werner this summer.
Laurens added: “I don’t think they could pay £200m as a transfer fee, as we saw with Timo Werner for instance, and then pay him around £25m-a-year. I don’t think they have the money.
“If they have the money and put it on the table he will certainly consider it. I think Real Madrid will have that money this summer coming and the one after it as well.
“Maybe they will make an offer for him. For me, it will be down to financial details and if Liverpool can afford him or not.
“He’s on €22m [£20m] gross per year and in a year’s time maybe he’s won the Euros with France and the Olympics, he wants to play both, and the Champions League with PSG you will be talking £30m-a-year.”