Former Liverpool striker Michael Owen has stated that the potential arrival of Kylian Mbappe to Real Madrid could help them compete with Manchester City and Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League.

Owen asserted that Real Madrid desperately need a centre-forward to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool and Mbappe’s signing could be the solution.

The former England international praised Madrid’s recent transformation and opined that Mbappe could play down the middle with Vinicius Junior on the left creating a strong attacking force with Jude Bellingham behind them.

Owen believes signing Mbappe would be a “great leveler” for Real Madrid and would make their team “unbelievable”.

“They have certainly got a team now that has gone from an aging team to now looking young and vibrant and it looks like that it could be here to stay. Manchester City, Liverpool and Real Madrid have just been locking horns now for the foreseeable maybe and that position looks like a big piece of the jigsaw at Madrid,” Owen said (via Football Espana).

“Mbappe can play off the left but with Vinicius Junior there, you would think that he is going to play down the middle and it could be an unbelievable strike force with Jude Bellingham in behind and playing off him… it could be an unbelievable team. But it will need to be unbelievable because Manchester City and Liverpool, for that matter, have set some real high standards at the moment.

“But signing Mbappe is a great leveler. He is unbelievable so I don’t think him fitting in will be a massive problem for Real Madrid. They have a glaring hole there and they need a centre-forward to score a load of goals, so why not go and pick the best one in the world and that is what they have done.”

Mbappe is expected to join Real Madrid at the end of the season after deciding not to extend his contract with Paris Saint-Germain.

UCL: Michael Owen names player that’ll help Real Madrid compete with Man City, Liverpool

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