Premier League – Liverpool – At the end of the contract in a year, what future for Mohamed Salah?

Premier League – Liverpool – At the end of the contract in a year, what future for Mohamed Salah?

The Mohamed Salah file has been on the table for many months now, at regular intervals. At least, on that of transfer window rumours. Because on the office of the leaders of Liverpool, he is far from being the one who has made the most progress. At the start of the transfer window, two movements have caused a lot of talk: the departure of Sadio Mané from Bayern Munich, and the arrival of Darwin Nunez from Benfica.

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Salah is also in the same situation as his now ex-Senegalese teammate before his departure: his contract will expire in a year, in June 2023. And the Egyptian may have assured, last April in the columns of Four Four Two, that everything was not a question of money, it is of course on the financial aspect that the negotiations seem to have stopped. According to Sunthe former Roma would aim for a salary of 400,000 pounds per week, while today he is slightly below the 240,000 pounds per week of Virgil van Dijk, the club’s highest salary.

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One thing is certain: Liverpool, in the midst of an offensive workforce overhaul, is not ready to shake up its salary scale for the player who has just celebrated his 30th birthday. “Whatever happens with my contract, I’m staying at Liverpool next season, that’s for sure,” assured the interested party at the end of May. Still, the vice-champion of England could see things differently and refuse to let him go free. The Sun indicates that an offer of 60 million pounds, or just under 70 million euros, could encourage the management of the Reds to let go of their best player this summer.

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The Premier League would have its favors

Information from the Sun is always to be taken with a grain of salt. But the global context encourages at least to consider the hypothesis of a departure from Salah this summer. Early June, The Athletic, usually very reliable, indicated that the Premier League had the favor of the player… in the event of a free departure in a year. His will, however, should be the same in the event of a paid transfer.

Therefore, the candidates bringing together the economic means and the ambition worthy of such a player are quite easy to identify: Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City. The Egyptian’s first stint with the Blues (from 2013 to 2015) had turned very short, and the failed return of Romelu Lukaku, already on the start, has something to cool. But the London club, supported by its new owner Todd Boehly, will be ambitious on the transfer market, and will precisely have to fill the loan of the Belgian striker to Inter. This is how the Raheem Sterling rumor has come to light lately.

Manchester United also need to strengthen in all areas. But besides the question of the intense rivalry between the Red Devils and Liverpool, Erik ten Hag seems to be looking at younger and malleable profiles, such as that of his former player at Ajax Amsterdam Antony. Then comes the Manchester City hypothesis, whose president Khaldoon Al Mubarak had assured that “other players” were going to happen after the recruitment of Erling Haaland.

In this case, the financial means would not be a problem. At present, the Citizens have a very well-stocked attacking sector, but Gabriel Jesus should join Arsenal, Sterling is on the way out and Bernardo Silva has a good exit. The Haalands, Foden, Mahrez, Grealish and young Alvarez would then remain. In other words, a little room to double all the positions.

Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) and Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)

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A discovery of La Liga?

Moving from Liverpool to City would not be easy from an emotional point of view, however, as Salah is so attached to the Reds, whose biggest rivals in recent seasons have been the Citizens. Imagining the former FC Basel player discovering a new European championship is therefore not far-fetched. And there again, the potential candidates are not that numerous.

In Spain, the deal would be simple, with two contenders that we can easily guess. On June 4, the Mirror mentioned the FC Barcelona option, explaining that the Catalan club had indicated to the Salah clan its desire to attract him at the end of his contract, in June 2023. But in the event of a transfer in the coming weeks, the Blaugrana, who are already working to afford Robert Lewandowski, will certainly be too short financially.

Which would not be the case for Real Madrid, which had planned a (very) substantial budget for Kylian Mbappé, in vain. The Merengue would be very attentive to the evolution of this file according to the Sun, and could draw a significant offer. Even if several Madrid players did not hesitate to chamber the Egyptian after their victory in the Champions League final last May.

The shadow of PSG… and a free start

Last European ogre to be able to look into the Salah case, the PSG would not lack arguments either, in particular economic. But the left-hander is far from the archetype of the player targeted by Luis Campos, the athlete’s new strongman in the capital, and such a move would not really correspond to recent statements by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. Without counting on the most important: the question of its use alongside Neymar, Mbappé and Messi.

No track therefore stands out clearly, nor are discussions for an extension advancing. To extend Salah’s lease, everyone will have to find their account. But also for a transfer. And if, finally, the option of a free departure in a year was the most credible?

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