World Cup-winning striker Kylian Mbappé has reportedly served notice on Paris Saint-Germain that he wants to leave for pastures new at the end of this season, and the word on the French capital’s boulevards is that he would be open to joining Liverpool. News that Mbappé is playing out his notice is likely to prompt an unseemly scramble of potential suitors and Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester United have also been mooted as potential destinations.
The 21-year-old and Jürgen Klopp have long had a mutual appreciation society and as recently as May, Mbappé could be seen blowing smoke up the Liverpool manager’s nether regions. “They have made winning look easy but the truth is that it is never easy,” he said of Liverpool’s performances in the Premier League. “Performances like they have been having don’t just happen. To be as ruthless as they have been would come from lots of hard work in training and from having a very good manager.”
Rumours persist that Barcelona are hell-bent on taking Héctor Bellerín on loan, in a state of affairs that will displease Arsenal fans who saw him play well against Fulham in Saturday’s season opener. A product of Barça’s youth academy who left the Camp Nou in 2011, any return of his would hinge on the Spanish club being able to offload Portuguese right-back Nélson Semedo.
Troy Deeney insists he’s still good enough to play in the top division and may get the chance to prove it if West Brom get their way. Despite ongoing speculation linking Deeney with a move to Tottenham, reports over the weekend suggest the Baggies are in advanced talk to bring him to the Hawthorns. Should Tottenham fail in their efforts to land Deeney, there are whispers José Mourinho and Daniel Levy may try to prise Danny Ings from Southampton. Alexander Sorloth is another frontman who appears to have piqued interest at White Hart Lane – currently on loan at Trabzonspor from Crystal Palace, the Norwegian scored 30 goals last season and more recently bagged a brace in his country’s emphatic 5-1 Nations League win against Northern Ireland.
Burnley are also in the market for a striker and have made an £8m offer for Mainz’s Swedish international Robin Quaison. Meanwhile, at Villa Park, Dean Smith likes the cut of Lyon winger Bertrand Traoré’s jib but has seen Aston Villa’s £14m bid for the former Chelsea player rejected.
And finally, Manchester United are in the market for a left-back and may be tempted to pay the £18.5m Porto want for Alex Telles. The Brazilian scored 13 goals and provided 12 assists as his club won the Portuguese title last season and said last month he hoped to play out the final year of his contract and leave for free next summer, but Porto are determined to make some money by selling him now and have recently lowered their asking price.