Despite signing a new agreement with PSG last summer, Kylian Mbappe has been linked with a move away.
It’s been a while, but the link between Kylian Mbappe and Liverpool has been revived.
Over the previous few years, anytime rumours of Mbappe leaving Paris Saint-Germain have surfaced, you can virtually assume that the Reds will be named as potential suitors shortly after, no matter how improbable such a move may seem.
The links between Mbappe and the Reds have long been documented, with Mbappe admitting that his mother’s favorite team is Liverpool and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp’s public praise for the 24-year-old’s talents having seen Anfield mentioned as a potential destination for some time now.
Those rumors were seemingly put to rest earlier in 2022, when Mbappe, who had been embroiled in some absurd cat-and-mouse game with Real Madrid, pledged his future to PSG. All it needed was a €50 million (£43.7 million) monthly salary, a rumoured €100 million signing bonus, total ownership of his image rights, and the participation of French President Emmanuel Macron.
Mbappe’s previous deal at PSG had been due to expire in the summer of 2022 and after a lengthy PR strategy from both sides had been expected to sign for Real Madrid. The Spanish side had offered as much as €200m for his services with just months remaining on his deal, an offer PSG flatly refused.
Much to the chagrin of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, a man keen to bring the era of the ‘Galactico’ back to the Spanish capital, Mbappe chose to remain in France.
But Mbappe and PSG are no longer in a happy marriage and talk of his exit remains dominant. The forward reportedly wants to leave Paris, but Nasser Al-Khelaifi, PSG chairman and chairman of the owners of the club, Qatar Sports Investments, is ready to play hardball with his club’s star player, vowing earlier this week at the unveiling of Luis Enrique as PSG boss that it would be “impossible” for him to leave on a free transfer at the end of next season.
This new development has set pulses racing and it was claimed on Thursday by Spanish journalist Edu Aguirre of popular show El Chiringuito that Liverpool had made a bid of €200m for Mbappe. As with the previous attempts to link Liverpool with a move for the French international, it seems far-fetched, not least as it appears almost set in stone that Real Madrid will try to be his next destination, something that the Spanish media would dearly love to see. Hamming up the potential transfer interest in a player by other clubs, when it might not be rooted in reality, wouldn’t be beyond the realms of possibility.
With a number of major European clubs on the UEFA ‘watchlist’ when it comes to potential Financial Fair Play breaches, signing Mbappe is something completely off the table for some. Liverpool, with a large amount of headroom when it comes to FFP due to their more austere approach to transfer spend, are one of the clubs that, theoretically, could afford to extricate the Frenchman from the Parc des Princes. However, the theory and the reality are not the same.
The narrative around Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group among some sections of the Reds fan base has been that they are far tighter with the purse strings than the owners at rival clubs. Player trading has long been used to help offset transfer spending while wages, while they have grown significantly under FSG’s tenure, remain at around 60 to 65 per cent of revenue, well below the recommended UEFA limit of 70 per cent.
The Reds broke their transfer record with the signing of Darwin Nunez from Benfica last summer, a deal that could rise to as much as £85m. In order to land a player like Mbappe the fee required has been reported to be between £250m and £300m. That is world record-breaking stuff, the kind of sums that have so grotesquely distorted the transfer market and contributed to the enormous gulf that now exists between the biggest clubs and the rest.
But say that FSG gives that the green light and presses on to the next phase, the small matter of his reported wages of around £800,000 per week – more than double what Mohamed Salah’s new deal has been reported to be worth, would take things into the farcical. How would sums like that be squared with existing members, those wanting to renew, and new signings? Amortised, the transfer cost over six years at £300m would stand at £50m, the annual sum that Liverpool gets from their most lucrative guaranteed commercial deal, the front-of-shirt sponsorship from Standard Chartered.
But we’ll carry on. That’s been agreed. We’re all there now. Oh, there is the not so insignificant matter of the fact that PSG, backed by the almost limitless wealth of Qatar Sports Investments, agreed to allow Mbappe 100 per cent control over his image rights. Mbappe’s image rights issue reared its head last year with the French national side when he refused to endorse certain sponsors when on international duty.
The value of commercial deals for clubs like Liverpool is vast and part of that value is that companies get to use players on occasion for promotional activity. If Mbappe has the ability to simply refuse to endorse certain sponsorships then that then affects the potential value, especially if there is no value to be had in tapping into the most marketable player a team could have.
Group Calls For Protection Of Journalists In Bayelsa, Imo, Kogi States
The Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has urged for necessary measures to protect journalists and other media workers during this weekend’s off-cycle elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States.
The group sent the request to the federal and state governments, as well as law enforcement and security agencies, stressing that the role of journalists in disseminating information about the electoral process is critical to ensuring free, fair, and transparent elections.
In a statement issued ahead of the elections in Lagos and signed by the Communications Officer, Media Rights Agenda, Idowu Adewale, MRA also urged journalists to be cautious and to use its existing hotline (08138755660) to report any threat or attack they may encounter during the process, as well as any obstacle.
Adewale said in the statement: “Given the pattern of heightened attacks on journalists and the media during previous elections, including the recent 2023 general elections, as well as the tense political climate in the three states in the lead-up to the elections, measures must be taken to ensure general security during the elections and provide adequate protection for journalists covering the elections.”
“Access to information allows citizens and other members of the public to have the information they need about political and electoral processes, facilitating effective public participation in elections,” he says.
“Journalists and the media play an important role in ensuring residents and other members of the public have access to information and may participate in the process.
“As part of efforts to preserve the integrity of the polls, it is also critical that the safety and well-being of these interlocutors be assured and safeguarded.”
Lamenting the increased number of attacks on journalists in the run-up to the off-cycle elections, as well as earlier this year in the run-up to the general elections, he emphasised that “a free and vibrant media is fundamental to a healthy democracy, and journalists must be able to carry out their duties without fear, coercion, or violence.” During this vital phase, MRA stands ready to assist them and assure their safety.”
Police Nab Husband, As Mother Of ‘Mummy Be Calming Down’ Boy Takes Own Life
Men from the Edo State Police Command are said to have detained Mrs. Toluige Olokoobi’s husband after he allegedly murdered her.
Olokoobi was the mother of Oreofeoluwa Lawal-Babalola, the tiny boy whose video went viral in 2020 after he pleaded with his mother, “Mummy be calming down.”
Oreofeoluwa rose to prominence on social media after a video of him crying in an attempt to confidently appeal to his mother, who chastised him, went viral.
The film inspired Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who used it to deliver an Eid-el-Kabir appeal to Muslims and Lagos people in general to remain calm during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Following that, the youngster and his family met with the governor, who praised his bravery and poise.
While little has been heard about the family in three years, heartbreaking news broke on social media on Tuesday that the boy’s mother had committed suicide.
According to an X user, Olokoobi committed suicide in Benin, the capital of Edo State, for unknown reasons.
The X user, who stated that he was present at the site on Monday afternoon, went on to say that she had refused to disclose her difficulties with anyone before committing herself.
“The woman in the viral Mummy Calm Down video has just committed suicide here in Benin,” he stated in an email.
“She refused to discuss her problems with anyone.” She abandoned three children for her husband, including the well-known Mummy Calm Down boy.”
Meanwhile, confirming Olokoobi’s death in a chat with BBC Pidgin, the spokesperson of the Edo State police command, Chidi Nwabuzor, said her husband has been arrested and detained for questioning.
Nwabuzor said the husband reported the matter to the police.
The police spokesperson quoted the husband to have said that “he came home from the market when he saw his wife hanging with rope on her neck”.
Nwabuzor said she was rushed to the hospital and then to the mortuary after she was confirmed dead. (Adapted from a Vanguard report).
Anambra: CP Aderemi Adeoye Decorates Promoted Officers With New Ranks
The Anambra State Police Command Headquarters Conference Hall was a hive of activity Thursday as CP Aderemi Adeoye took turns decorating around 18 promoted officers of the command with their new titles.
The delight of some of the officers whose wives assisted the CP in decorating their husbands with their new ranks knew no bounds, as their husbands duly saluted their wives and the CP for their new positions and responsibilities.
Obi Innocent, one of the officers elevated to the rank of Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), whose wife joined CP Aderemi Adeoye in adorning him with his new rank, said it was wonderful that the Inspector General of Police thought him worthy.
CSP Obi Innocent, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13, Police Zonal Headquarters Ukpo, stated that his new rank was a call to service and that he would do his best to uphold the charge given to them by CP Aderemi Adeoye to respect and protect the citizenry’s fundamental rights in the discharge of their new assignments.
Charity Akharame, who was honoured with the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) and was the only female officer among the 18 promoted officers decorated with new ranks, said it was not an easy feat but she was grateful to be among those who were decorated with their new ranks.
DSP Charity Akharame, the officer in charge of stores in the Anambra State Police Command, recalled how she began as a Police Constable and worked her way up to her current position as Deputy Superintendent of Police.
She stated that as a very disciplined police officer, she would follow the Police Commissioner’s directions regarding respect for all and sundry in the fulfillment of her constitutional obligations.
Jane-Frances Obi, one of the spouses of the officers elevated to the level of CSP, stated that being the wife of a police officer was not an easy assignment. As a result, she recommended any lady who is married to a police officer to be patient and understanding because the job is quite demanding.
Jane-Frances Obi, whose husband is Innocent Obi, the officer in charge of the Legal Department at Zone 13 Ukpo, believes the promotion is a reward for years of being patient, understanding, and standing in for them when they are not present.
Meanwhile, Emenike Chinenyenwa, who was decorated with the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) and presented a vote of appreciation, expressed deep gratitude to the IGP and the Chairman of the Police Service Commission for considering them worthy of being adorned in their new ranks.
ACP Emenike, the officer in charge of Medicals, stated that the elevation comes with increased responsibility and that they will work harder in their new tasks.
CP Aderemi Adeoye praised the current promotion winners in his remarks, noting that two aspects make the police career very interesting and eventful. He stated that one is for promotion and the other is for positions.
CP Adeoye, on the other hand, urged the newly honored officers to develop more empathy, compassion, care, and dedication in the performance of their jobs.
The police chief insisted that newly promoted officers must first recognise that they share the same humanity as others, and as a result, they must treat all people with dignity and protect their fundamental human rights at all times.
CP Aderemi Adeoye stressed that without the enormous roles of spouses, they wouldn’t have been successful in their careers. He therefore congratulated all the promoted and prayed that God gives them good health to enjoy the new ranks and the energy to discharge the responsibilities of their new offices.
- Source: Independent