According to the Spanish press, Mohamed Salah has “already provided hints” that he is interested in moving to Barcelona.
Salah The Egyptian, 29, has only 15 months left on his Liverpool contract, and it is understood that contract talks between the two parties have fallen down. No conversations have taken place since December, according to reports, and he would be willing to join another Premier League club.
Salah is one of Liverpool’s most popular players, having scored 153 goals since joining from Roma in the summer of 2017. He has won the Premier League, Champions League, EFL Cup, UEFA Super Cup, and Club World Cup during that period. Salah is a “realistic” alternative for Barcelona, according to Spanish outlet SPORT, and a deal may be concluded this week.
Barcelona is claimed to be “extremely aware” of Salah’s condition and attempted to sign him two years ago but were unable to do so owing to budgetary constraints. Last September, the Catalan giants’ debt reached £1.16 billion, prompting Lionel Messi’s departure.
Despite his contract, Liverpool is expected to want €100 million (£84 million) for Salah this summer. Barcelona is expected to pay €70 million (£58.8 million). Salah’s representative, Ramy Abbas Issa, stated last Friday that he will not return to the bargaining table unless the Reds provide better terms. The player’s representation are said to demand a contract equivalent to that of the Premier League’s greatest earners.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Manchester United is considered to be the best paid player in the tournament, receiving £510,000 per week, while Kevin De Bruyne of Manchester City earns £400,000 per week. Salah has 19 goals this season, making him the league’s top scorer.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters on Tuesday that Salah’s contract situation has “no chance” of delaying his team’s quest for an unprecedented quadruple. The Reds have advanced to the quarter-finals of both the Champions League and the FA Cup after winning the EFL Cup last month. With a win over Arsenal on Wednesday, they closed the gap on Premier League leaders Man City to just one point.