Arsenal and Tottenham transfer actions may have dented Liverpool’s Kylian Mbappe hopes

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Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Kylian Mbappe but they face competition from Real Madrid, who have also been regularly linked with the World Cup winner. Reports from Spain have claimed that Real have been hit hard financially by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and that players need to be offloaded before they can pursue Mbappe.

According to Spanish outlet Diario AS, Real have been forecast to make losses of €91m as a result of the pandemic but they have already raised some funds with player sales this season.

Tottenham Hotspur are among the teams to have paid Real a fee to sign one of their players, with Spurs forking out a reported £27.5m to sign Sergio Reguilon and a reported £9m to secure the return of Gareth Bale on loan.

Arsenal are also set to pay Real a fee to sign Martin Odegaard on loan for the remainder of the season, with that said to be £1.8m.

Real have also received around £36m from Inter Milan for the services of full-back Achraf Hakimi.

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Oscar Rodriguez made a reported £14.2m move to Sevilla, while Javi Sanchez joined Valladolid in a deal said to be worth around £2.6m.

Dani Gomez and Jorge de Frutos both made the move to Levante in the summer for a combined fee of around £4.4m.

Real also earned loan fees for the likes of Takefuso Kubo and Borja Mayoral which are said to total around £4m, with Roma having an option to buy Mayoral at the end of the season for £17.7m.

In total, Real are believed to have raised almost £100m from their transfer business which could go towards their pursuit of Mbappe and dent Liverpool’s hopes of signing the French superstar.

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The report from AS notes that Mbappe is out of contract with PSG in 2022 and Real are hopeful that the player will reject offers of a new deal and look to leave for free in 2022.

Mbappe recently spoke about his contract situation, telling Telefoot: “We are discussing with the club to find a project.

“I said I am also reflecting because if I sign it is to invest in the long term at Paris Saint-Germain. I am very happy here. I have always been very happy.

“The supporters [and] the club have always helped me and for that, I will always be grateful towards the club.

“I want to reflect on what I want to do in the coming years, where I want to be. That is how my reflection is turning. I will shortly need to make a choice. I am thinking very hard.”

“It’s not a case of wanting to win some time. It’s a genuine reflection because, for example, I don’t want to sign a contract and then one year later say I want to leave because I didn’t want to sign the contract. If I sign it is to stay. That’s why it prompts me to think.”

Fellow PSG superstar Neymar is also out of contract in 2022 and the club’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has claimed he is “very confident” that both players will stay.

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