Nike to help fund Mbappe move?

English Premier League

Liverpool will reportedly step up a world-record deal for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe with the help of their new technical sponsor Nike.

With speculation rising that Real Madrid are set to test the Reds resolve with a move for Sadio Mane in the next transfer window, Mbappe is said to be the club's number one target.

According to the Daily Star, Mane's reported asking price has been set at £150 million, should the Senegal forward declare his desire to move on to the LaLiga giants.

Despite having only signed a £150,000-a-week contract up to the 2022/23 season 18 months ago, it's been suggested the Premier League leaders are preparing for his exit.

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The Sun claims Mane's representatives have already been informally approached about a potential move and if it gathers momentum - Jurgen Klopp's side will attempt to replace him with the 2018 FIFA World Cup winner.

While Klopp previously mentioned there was "absolutely no chance" his side could afford Mbappe, the injection of funds from Mane and their new sponsor could change the stance.

As on the start of next season, Liverpool will receive £100m-a-year from the American cooperation added to their healthy £42m profit from last season.

The only stumbling block is believed to be Mbappe's reported £400,000-a-week wages, but the report suggests the kit manufacturer could help fund his contract.

As the most sought after football star in the world right now, it's been claimed the marketing value provides an attractive proposition for the brand if a move materialises.

The 21-year-old has scored 30 goals and registered 17 assists in 33 games across all competitions this season.