Barcelona are keeping a close eye on Mohamed Salah’s contract stalemate with Liverpool as he is the closest thing they will get to replacing Lionel Messi.
The Egyptian is in talks with Fenway Sports Group over a new contract to extend his stay at the club beyond 2023 and is looking to be paid £400,000 per week which is around double what he currently earns at Anfield.
He reportedly earns £225,000 per week currently but wants that increased in line with his status as the best player in the world.
The American owners are yet to agree to Salah’s terms and it’s turning into a more public saga as the forward has done more interviews in the last year than he did in his first four years as a Liverpool player.
There is no denying that within the football world, he deserves to be paid the wages he is demanding as he is the best playing on the planet right now and if he lifts the Premier League or the Champions League, he will surely lift his first Balon d’Or.
He’s scored 23 goals and assisted 9 this season and has gone up several levels this season
Worryingly, Catalonian newspaper El Nacional reports that Barcelona want Salah as the natural successor to Messi and with Ousmane Dembele expected to leave Camp Nou, there is even more room to accommodate the Egyptian’s £400,000/week wage demands.
PSG are also interested in the 29-year-old and with Kylian Mbappe potentially set to move to Real Madrid in the summer for free, they will be looking for a new superstar forward of their own and Salah fits the bill perfectly.
Liverpool might be tempted into a sale if the Parisians offer a massive fee for Salah but it will be almost impossible to replace the former AS Roma’s attacking contributions to a side that has looked lost without him and Sadio Mane the last few weeks.
Extending Salah’s contract actually works out to be cheaper than signing a replacement not to mention it also send the wrong message to the rest of the world if Liverpool don’t pay their best players premium wages.
It shows the best talents that Anfield is once again a stepping stone and that Barcelona, Real Madrid and PSG can better accommodate superstar demands.