Mohamed Salah ‘is ready to quit Liverpool for a Premier League rival if he can’t agree a new contract’
Mohamed Salah could make a sensational move to one of Liverpool’s rivals as he reportedly wants to remain in the Premier League even if he cannot agree a new deal at the club.
Salah has committed to Jurgen Klopp’s side for the 2022-23 campaign but the Egyptian forward’s future beyond that date is uncertain.
According to The Athletic, the 29-year-old would rather remain in the Premier League than move overseas when his deal at Anfield expires – putting Liverpool’s rivals on red alert.
Salah has been in talks with Liverpool for more than 12 months about extending the terms of his current contract but has yet to sign a new deal.
The Athletic reports there have been no face-to-face talks between Salah and Liverpool in six months.
The last time his new contract was discussed, there was reportedly a huge gap between what Salah wanted and what the club were willing to offer, although exact numbers remain unclear.
It is thought Salah, who has scored 156 goals in 254 games since joining Liverpool from Roma in a £43.9 million switch in the summer of 2017, is looking to become the sixth-highest paid player in the world.
A possible new deal would put him behind the PSG trio of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi, Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and Erling Haaland, who has taken a huge contract similar to that of Kevin De Bruyne at Manchester City, on the list of the world’s top earners.
Salah, who has claimed he is not asking for ‘crazy’ terms, is open to signing a two-year extension and is not after the security of a four-year deal, according to The Athletic.
The Egyptian, who shared the Premier League golden boot with Son Heung-min of Spurs last season and topped the assist charts with 13, is believed to be happy at Liverpool.
Salah is set to spearhead Liverpool’s attempt to wrestle the Premier League off Manchester City but could run his contract down and leave as a free agent in June 2023, an eventuality the club will hope to avoid.
Liverpool’s position has never changed in that they want Salah and his strike partner Sadio Mane to stay – Chairman Tom Werner reiterated that stance last week – but clubs are courting the Senegal star, particularly Bayern Munich, who appears to be heading for the Anfield exit.
The club are thought to have put a £42.5million price tag on Mane, who has scored 120 goals in 269 appearances for Liverpool.