Liverpool are ready to step up their world record move for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe should Sadio Mane leave for Real Madrid this summer, and Nike could help with the move.
Zinedine Zidane is a huge admirer of Mane, who could be available for around £150million.
According to The Sun, the Senegal international’s representatives have already been approached for informal talks about a possible move to the Bernabeu.
If they were to receive £150m for Mane they would then have to stump up another £100m on top of that and bid a world record £250m.
Jurgen Klopp has previously insisted that there was “absolutely no chance” that his club could afford Mbappe.
But that was before a massive £100m-a-year kit deal was announced with Nike.
Add to that the fact that the Reds announced a record turnover of £533m in February with profits of £42m, and a bid for Mbappe may not sound to ludicrous.
The big stumbling block could be the 21-year-old’s whopping 400,000-a-week wages but the Nike kit deal could help with that.
Nike could possibly be persuaded to fund part of his salary to protect the Anfield wage structure.
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