Jurgen Klopp wants Kylian Mbappe at Liverpool at all costs, but their second offer to achieve what could be the signing of the summer - a mammoth 100m euros - has been rejected by Monaco.Dmitri Rybolovlev, owner of the Ligue 1 team, doen't seem to have much intention of selling his striker and in any event, has always maintained that the starting price will go beyond the 114m euros that Manchester United paid for Paul Pogba last summer. In addition, the will of the player should be remembered; if he wants to stay at Monaco, the club are more than happy to keep him. Klopp has offered the player many minutes leading up to the 2018 World Cup, however, it doesn't appear that this has changed Mbappe's mind.The only club he would leave the principality for is Real Madrid, something he's already communicated to Rybolovlev. He's very clear that the moment he believes he can have a presence in the Real XI, he will take the step to transfer to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah has completed his move to Liverpool from AS Roma, the Premier league club said on Thursday.British media reported that Liverpool paid 34 million euros (£30 million) to sign Salah, who is returning to the Premier League two and a half years after leaving Chelsea following an unproductive 12-month spell in which he scored two goals and started six Premier League games. "I'm very excited to be here. I'm very happy," Salah told the Liverpool website. "I will give 100 percent and give everything for the club. I really want to win something for this club."The 25-year-old flourished in Serie A, rediscovering the form that marked him out as one of Europe's emerging talents at Basel and persuading Chelsea to pay 11 million pounds ($14 million) for him in 2014. After a six-month stay at Fiorentina, during which he scored six goals in his first seven games, Salah proved a major force in Roma's improved form.He will hope to join a list of former Chelsea players, including Manchester United's Juan Mata, Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Everton's Romelu Lukaku, who have prospered after leaving Stamford Bridge. Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has been keen to add depth and quality to a squad that will face a Champions League campaign in 2017-18.Salah will form part of a potent Liverpool attack which includes Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge, although the latter has been linked with a move away from Anfield. Striker Dominic Solanke, who recently won the Golden Ball playing for England at the Under-20 World Cup, has also joined, from Chelsea.
Alexis Sanchez became Chile's all-time leading scorer when he grabbed an early goal in their 1-1 draw against Germany at the Confederations Cup on Thursday.Lars Stindl equalised for the world champions just before halftime although the game petered out in the second half as the high-octane Chileans appeared to run out of gas. The result left both teams level at the top of Group B with four points each from their opening two games, although Chile have the better goal difference. Australia and Cameroon have a point apiece after their 1-1 draw earlier on Thursday.Sanchez's goal was his 38th for Chile as he overtook the previous record held by Marcelo Salas.
Kylian Mbappe and Gianluigi Donnarumma have both verbally committed their futures to Real Madrid, but it remains to be seen if the two 18-year-olds will arrive at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this summer or next.Zinedine Zidane will be the one to make that decision and he has a meeting with Florentino Perez in the coming days. The fact that Los Blancos' squad is already packed full of star names means he could look to avoid adding another two into the mix prematurely and unnecessarily. It should be noted that both players' cases are slightly different, with Mbappe still sitting with two years on his Monaco contract, while Donnarumma only has one year remaining at AC Milan.The French forward is excited to work with Zidane, but the coach would still have to convince him that he would earn enough playing time though his squad rotation if he were to make the switch this summer.If the coach and the player agree to make the transfer happen during this window, then the fee would likely be in the region of 100 to 110 million euros - which is a short of the 130m euros the Ligue 1 champions are asking for, but which is expected to be sufficient.As for Donnarumma, he has just 12 months left on his contract and Real Madrid could wait until the summer of 2018 to sign him without having to pay a transfer fee, but with the risk that he might change his mind and sign on some other club's stationary.The other option would be to purchase him now, with 30m euros to 35m euros likely to be enough for AC Milan, given the player only has a year left on his deal.For Los Blancos, that figure would be similarly satisfactory, as they know that Donnarumma could be their shot-stopper for the next 15 years or so. In the end, it will be Zidane who decides when these two starlets make their way to the Spanish capital.
Despite his player being one of the most controversial figures in the world of football, Nice president, Jean-Pierre Rivere, stated that he remains confident that a renewal could be reached between the club and Mario Balotelli for an extra 450,000 euros per month.'Super Mario' assisted his team's efforts to seal a top-three finish which gave the French club Champions League qualification for the upcoming season, and Rivere claimed that the two parties are currently negotiating a new deal. "I can tell you three things: he is a player who wants to stay with us, is willing to make financial adjustments and we will continue the negotiations [with him]," he said.Sources close to the two parties confirmed that the issue remains complicated but they are hopeful an agreement for a two-year contract could be reached. In an attempt to see his name among the call-ups for the 2018 World Cup, the Italy international arrived in France on deadline day last summer and scored 15 goals in 2016/17.