The lowdown: Rumbling on
Fast approaching the final 12 months of a deal at Anfield (Transfermarkt), Liverpool and Salah appeared to have reached an impasse in negotiations for some time now as the Egyptian winger reportedly looks to secure a new deal worth £500,000-per-week.
It’s been suggested that the 30-year-old would even be willing to see out the remainder of his contract and leave the club on a free next summer, a situation that would see the Reds miss out on a potentially huge financial windfall.
As the departure of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich moves ever closer having been in a similar contractual predicament, one informed onlooker has claimed that the club could make one final attempt to keep Salah…
The latest: Jones on Salah
“I think so (Salah could leave for free next summer). Everyone seems pretty clear of the situation, as it stands right now.
“Liverpool set their stall out not to cave in to his demands. I believe there will be one more offer on the table for him this summer – take it or leave it.
“But I don’t think it will be at the level that Mohamed Salah’s representatives put forward.”
The verdict: Compromise needed
Since arriving from AS Roma, the lightning-fast winger – who was lauded by journalist James Pearce for his ‘sensational’ solo strike against Manchester City last October – has directly contributed to an astonishing 219 goals in 254 outings for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
In fact, the £81million-valued Egyptian’s importance to the Reds was never more evident than during last season when he finished as the joint top scorer in the Premier League and ended the campaign with 31 goals and 16 assists in 51 appearances across all competitions.
Despite an apparent desire from all parties to secure fresh terms, it seems increasingly unlikely that Salah will continue to light up Merseyside beyond the 2022/23 campaign as the prolonged contract talks continue to hit a brick wall and the ever-frugal FSG refuse to break their wage structure.
However, one final play to keep the Egyptian King in situ is certainly called for, if only to prolong the need to source what would be an expensive replacement.
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