ZINEDINE ZIDANE is determined to drive through a move for Sadio Mane this summer.
And the response could be sensational with Liverpool looking at the possibility of replacing him with Kylian Mbappe.
Real Madrid chief Zizou is a huge fan of the Senegal star, 28, and the Anfield hierarchy are bracing themselves for an approach.
But SunSport understands his representatives have already been approached for informal talks on a possible move.
Mane is not pressing to leave and Liverpool are determined to see off Madrid — just as they did last year when Zidane had his eye on Mo Salah.
But should the winger be tempted to a switch to LaLiga, Kop owners FSG want Paris Saint-Germain superstar Mbappe, 21.
The Reds could expect to get £150million for Mane and will have to add another £100m to get PSG to the table.
Last December Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp insisted there was “absolutely no chance” that his club could afford Mbappe.
Yet that was before they hooked up with Nike as new kit sponsors.
They are expected to make £100m a year with the American giants.
Liverpool announced a record turnover of £533m in February with profits of £42m.
If they can find a way around funding Mbappe’s £400,00-a-week wages, then the Reds can afford to sign him.
And Nike could be persuaded to fund part of his salary to protect the Anfield wage structure.
His very presence at the home of the six-time European kings would greatly enhance Nike’s profits.