Liverpool have Kylian Mbappe hope as Real Madrid negotiation tactic concerns player's camp

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Liverpool have been handed hope of an 11th-hour heist of Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe as Real Madrid’s bid to sign him on a free transfer hits a troublesome snag. Real are hoping to pull off one of the biggest transfer coups in football history this summer as Mbappe edges closer to his contract’s expiry in Paris.

In his weekly newsletter, the Independent’s Miguel Delaney notes that Mbappe’s future hangs ‘in the balance’ and nothing is ‘signed or settled’ with PSG or Real. However, the La Liga champions could shoot themselves in the foot if they don’t budge on one of their most traditional negotiation tactics.

The report claims Real insist on 50 per cent of a player’s media rights in every contract they negotiate at the Bernabeu. But Mbappe’s representatives are unwilling to surrender that much, and those close to the situation believe Los Blancos may have made a mistake in making the demand.

Delaney adds that it could be an issue that results in the 23-year-old committing his future to PSG, who are ‘throwing absolutely everything’ at him to sign a new deal. But it could also open the door for other suitors across Europe, including the potential champions of Europe elect, Liverpool…

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