- Sep 25, 2012
I'm not linking them. If Mbappe moves to the highest profile league in the world (ours), playing for a top club in Nike kit (like us) his EXISTING Nike deal (signed years ago) will increase as it already (reportedly) has clauses in place for such moves.YOU are linking them: "Nike will make up the difference", type comments.
RM / Addidas; understood. Yes, they can up his number to match Neymar but that does NOT provide Liverpool an exceptional circumstance. How do they, Nike, incentivise Mbappe to sign for Liverpool? They can pay him more as a Nike/Mbappe thing but how do they do that for Nike/Liverpool/Mbappe ?
I am not clear on what legal arrangement you believe exists that Nike exploits to makes LFC the exception... i.e. If you (Kylian) sign for Liverpool this is the deal. We (Nike) add an extra £20M to your deal and you (Liverpool) are inured from FFP scrutiny. I'm not understanding that bit ?
How many top Premier League sides wear Nike? How many of them can dream of buying a player for over 100 million?
Now add in that Nike (for their own commercial reasons) are putting a massive effort into a new marketing venture and are paying all the Nike athletes they can to come in and promote it and Mbappe, if he was free to be a part of that, could easily get his share of that cherry. All for Nikes benefit using Nike sponsored athletes.
All of this is independent of Liverpool and purely between Mbappe and Nike. A lot is actually already covered by existing contracts and precedents are already there with Nikes deal with Neymar.
Liverpool would potentially benefit unless Mbappe says "yeah well I'll get all this extra money by moving to you but I'm still only interested if you (LFC) massively increase my earnings too!"! That is obviously possible but if it really is all about the money then I doubt he would be thinking of leaving PSG who want to double his wages. It also doesn't match what the reports and stories of his personality say about him. Klopp used him as an example for young players to emulate and if he was like that Klopp wouldn't have.