Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly so hell-bent on keeping Kylian Mbappe in the off-season that they could allow him to run his contract down.
The 21-year-old has starred for PSG since in a €180 million deal in 2017, but regularly the subject of transfer speculation amid strong reports linking him with both Liverpool and Real Madrid.
Reports have claimed Liverpool have the funds to sign the France international, but Jurgen Klopp, who met the player's family members in an bid to convince him to sign for Liverpool back three summers ago, says they have "absolutely no chance" of signing the player.
"Buying this calibre of player is difficult," said Klopp. "I don't see any club at the moment who can buy Kylian Mbappe from PSG. I don't see any club, that is how it is. And we are involved in the clubs that cannot do it. It is as easy as that.
"OK, from a sporting point of view, there are not a lot of reasons to not sign him. What a player he is. But it is about the money of course. No chance. Absolutely no chance. Sorry for killing that story."
However, Real Madrid continue to be strongly linked with his signature and it's reported they are willing to go large this summer in a bid to lure him to the Bernabeu and convince PSG to sell.
But the Spanish giants' very public courting of Mbappe has angered officials at the Ligue 1 giants and they are so determined to keep him out of Real's clutches this summer that they will consider allowing him to run down his contract.
That's according to AS, who bizarrely believe PSG won't put pressure on the former Monaco man over his next deal and will take the chance on him leaving for free in summer 2022 when his current arrangement expires.
As per the report, that is a more preferred option than seeing him prised away by the Spanish giants now.
Earlier this season, PSG sporting director Leonardo gave an insight into their anger at Real Madrid's constant efforts to turn the player's head.
Leonardo admitted it was frustrating to see Mbappe linked with Madrid, and appeared to be growing frustrated with Zinedine Zidane's constant attempts to tempt Mbappe to Los Blancos.
"Honestly, it bothers a little, it bothers. This is not the time to talk about dreams and all that. Stop it," he said.
"Mbappe is very important to us and this is not the time to destabilize it. He is the best young French player, world champion, one of the best in the world.
"This is not the time to touch it and destabilize it. It is time to stop. He has two and a half years of contract with us."