Kylian Mbappe sparks Liverpool transfer theory as eagle-eyed fans spot Instagram activity | Football | Sport
The Paris Saint-Germain forward is currently on holiday in Tokyo, following a break in California.
When he returns to Paris, it is likely that he could have a new strike partner at the start of the new season.
Both Neymar and Edinson Cavani have been linked with moves away from the Parc des Princes, while Antoine Griezmann could be brought in as a replacement for either star.
However it is Mbappe that some Liverpool fans hope could be on the move, after some suspicious Instagram activity.
On Monday, one eagle-eyed fan noted that he had followed Liverpool players past and present, including Fabinho and Mohamed Salah.
He also followed former Reds Philippe Coutinho, Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez, along with other rumoured transfer targets Nabil Fakir and Memphis Depay.
To further set pulses racing, he also posted an Instagram story with a black background and the caption: “SOON”, leading many to hope he was referring to a potential move to Anfield.
Mbappe arrived at PSG for £166m, a world record fee paid for a teenager, two years ago and has established himself as one of, if not the best, players in Ligue 1, having won back-to-back titles.
This is not the first time Liverpool have been linked with the 20-year-old, however.
Before he made the switch from Monaco to PSG, it is believed that Jurgen Klopp enquired about a deal, but saw a reported bid of £87.8m rejected.
The renewed speculation has seen odds fall on him making a move to Liverpool, who are now second favourites behind Real Madrid to be his next club.
On Monday, however, Nasser Al-Khelaifi dashed any hopes fans of the European champions may have had of Mbappe joining Liverpool.
“Mbappe? I’m 200% sure he will still be at PSG next season,” he told France Football, whilst also insisting he doesn’t want any “superstar behaviour” at the club next season.
He added: “The players need to accept their responsibilities.
Things need to be completely different. They need to do more, work more.
“They aren’t here for a good time. And if they don’t agree, the door is open. Bye.”