Opinion: What Liverpool Missing Out on Werner Means For Their Pursuit of Mbappé

Remember all of that Nike money Liverpool FC was supposed to have? Apparently, it’s not enough as they were unable to meet Timo Werner’s release clause and the RB Leipzig striker agreed to join Chelsea FC instead when the transfer window opens.

It was almost assumed that Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool would sign Werner but as Bild (via Metro) reports, missing out on the Germany international indicates that the coronavirus has had a substantial financial impact on the Premier League leaders, which allowed Chelsea to swoop in.

So, what does all of this mean for Paris Saint-Germain?

Well, there’s been a lot of speculation in recent weeks about Kylian Mbappé leaving the French capital for Liverpool despite Klopp insisting the deal is virtually impossible.

Now that we know the Reds were unwilling (and unable?) to spend an extra £15 million (plus nearly £200,000 per week) to sign Werner, it seems highly unlikely they’ll spend the €177 million (KPMG estimate) it would take to sign Mbappé. I don’t care how much Nike is paying them.

Mbappé’s contract at PSG runs until 2022 but PSG is working on an extension that will increase his wages and fans hope to hear good news after this season concludes.

If Liverpool missing out on Werner is a sign of things to come in terms of some big club being unable to afford star players, both Mbappé and teammate Neymar Jr. would be wise to stay at PSG long term, earn some of the highest wages in world football, and challenge for the UEFA Champions League every season.

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