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Kylian Mbappe exit could pave way for PSG to revisit Liverpool transfer after $240m boost

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After years of transfer speculation, Kylian Mbappe is finally a Real Madrid player. The France captain has agreed a five-year deal at the Bernabeu and Paris Saint-Germain's search for his replacement is underway.

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Mbappe had previously been linked with Liverpool and met with the club in 2017 when he was at Monaco. There were further talks before he signed a new deal in Paris but in reality, the Reds were never really in the picture.

Jurgen Klopp admitted as much when he spoke to supporters at his farewell event, with Liverpool's FSG owners simply not having 'endless money' or the desire to spend record sums on players.

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Yet the Reds could still be part of the transfer saga. It was reported by The Telegraph back in April that PSG was keen on Luis Diaz as a potential replacement for the outgoing Mbappe amid uncertainty over his Liverpool future.

Diaz, who remains on the same terms he signed when he arrived from Porto in 2022, was a regular in Jurgen Klopp's final campaign. He featured in all but one of Liverpool's Premier League matches but managed just eight goals.

And with The Athletic reporting that Arne Slot will look to add a wide attacker to his ranks, there is a feeling that his Anfield career will reach a crossroads this summer.

Diaz's father has talked up a potential move to Barcelona but the 27-year-old is valued at around $96m (£75m/€88m) by Liverpool. Such a demand would likely end any interest from the Nou Camp due to Barca's well-known financial issues.

PSG couldn't even begin to imagine such constraints. The loss of its best player and talisman in Mbappe does come with a significant financial boost, with around $240m (£188m/€220m) freed up in gross cost.

It remains to be seen if the French champions will seek one replacement, or several, with Napoli ace Khvicha Kvaratskhelia a reported target. But Liverpool will be braced for interest in Diaz now the Mbappe deal has gone through.

Ultimately, Liverpool's ability to spend big in the transfer window will rely on departures. If Alisson Becker and Mohamed Salah are going to stay amid interest from Saudi, letting Diaz go may work out for all parties.