Danny Murphy says Liverpool cannot let Mohamed Salah reach next summer without extending his contract after claims he wants £500,000/week to renew.
The Mirror reports that the Egyptian wants half a million pounds every week to recommit himself to the Reds but I doubt that he’s demanding as much as that.
Kevin Palmer reported that Virgil van Dijk broke the £200,000 per week mark when he signed his new contract but I doubt the club would more than double his wages for Salah.
While speaking on talkSPORT, Murphy emphasised Salah’s unique importance to Liverpool while underlining how it’s impossible that the Reds will pay that much to a single player.
He said: “You don’t want him getting to a situation where there’s a year left. There’s no point letting that happen. You protect the asset – and why wouldn’t you protect the asset, he’s been absolutely phenomenal for Liverpool.
“He’s the top goalscorer every season and he’s vital to what Liverpool are trying to achieve, which is regaining the title. So I would imagine communication will be starting.
“He’s 29 and he’s, by all accounts, one of the top two or three paid at a club. If he becomes the top-paid player at Liverpool, no problem to me – deserves it, he’s the match-winner, he’s the superstar at the business end of the pitch.
“But he’s never going to get double what he’s earning now or double what everyone is. That won’t happen at Liverpool, they won’t let that happen.”
Salah has been absurdly good for Liverpool. The most optimistic supporter would have laughed at you if you’d predicted the kind of success he has enjoyed at Anfield since joining the club.
Yet, there is a real chance that he could follow in the footsteps of Gini Wijnaldum and run his contract down and leave for free in 2023 if he doesn’t reach an agreement with Liverpool over new terms.
It’s my view that if Liverpool don’t reach an agreement with him by the end of the season, he’ll leave for a reduced fee but the Reds cannot afford to let another world-class player leave for free especially when they could earn close to £100m for him.
With PSG set to lose Kylian Mbappe, Paris could be an option while Real Madrid and Barcelona might also be interested although the latter are severely cash strapped.