Former Premier League defender Alan Hutton has made a claim involving Liverpool and the protracted contract negotiations with Mohamed Salah.
The lowdown: Ongoing saga
Following months of speculation, it appears that the Reds are no closer to reaching an agreement with the 29-year-old superstar winger.
Now, following a recent update from a Football Insider source ‘close’ to Anfield claiming that Salah is willing to compromise on previous demands over a four-year deal at £500,000 per week, one onlooker has suggested there is only one possible solution…
The latest: Hutton urges action
Speaking to Football Insider in reaction to the latest news, regular BBC pundit Hutton claimed that the goalscoring phenomenon and his representatives have been left with no choice but to accept what’s on offer.
The 37-year-old said: “We’re talking four years now. Was that not one of the stumbling blocks before, the length of the contract?
“If your agent’s phoning you and saying you’ve got that on the table, I’d say: ‘Fire that through to me. I’ll get it signed.’ That is an obscene amount of money for that contract for four years.
“I think they’ve done everything possible to keep hold of one of their star players. If that’s the deal, how can you grumble at that? I think they’ve shown their intent moving forward. They want him within this team moving forward and offered what he’s worth, in my opinion. Hopefully, for Liverpool, it’s just a matter of time.”
The verdict: Standing firm
Regardless of Salah’s undeniable importance to Jurgen Klopp’s side and indeed the profile of the club moreover, Fenway Sports Group have already proven that they won’t be held to ransom when it comes to new player deals.
Having allowed Gini Wijnaldum to leave the club as a free agent, the board will be reticent to see the £90million valued Egyptian star go the same way.
However, it now seems unlikely the 29-year-old 82-cap sensation will be granted all of his contract wishes as he attempts to land one ginormous major deal before he brings an end to what has already been a memorable career.
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With important matters still to be dealt with on the pitch, Salah and his illustrious attacking partners Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino may have to wait to resolve their futures for a few more weeks yet.
Should no new deal be agreed for any of the aforementioned trio, a big summer departure from Merseyside could well be on the cards.
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