John Aldridge has told the Sunday World that Liverpool will have to ponder selling Mohamed Salah this summer if he rejects a new contract.
“Salah has two years left on his contract and if he doesn’t show a willingness to extend that, Liverpool will have to consider selling him this summer,” he told the Sunday World.
“Even though he hasn’t been at his best this season, Salah is still on course to finish the season as the Premier League’s top scorer and it is a reminder that he is a class act.
“Liverpool have to decide whether they want to keep him for the next few years or cash in on him now.
“There have been rumours that he is interested in a move to Real Madrid and PSG, but Salah and Liverpool will have that conversation in the next few weeks and there is no guarantee he will stay.”
Kevin Palmer reports for the Sunday World that there key figures at Anfield believe Salah may be reluctant to renew his contract.
The Egyptian has been sensational for Liverpool since joining the club for £34.3million in 2017 and he has since gone on to score 125 goals and assist 47 for teammates.
While, Liverpool, as a business, could earn as much as £90million from his sale if Transfermarkt’s valuation is accurate, I believe the Reds should keep him even if it means letting him go for free when he’s 31.
Unless selling him means Jurgen Klopp is blessed with a wonderkid like Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland, the Reds would be unable to replace his finishing and winning mentality.
I admit that extending a 29-year-old’s contract is a tricky proposition but there aren’t many like Salah and football has changed.
With football science becoming an art form, players no longer become washed the moment they turn 30 and, with Salah the picture of physical health, there is every chance he can score 20+ goals for another 3-4 years.
We’ll see what happens but as I said, unless the Reds can replace him with someone that can match his goalscoring exploits, they might as well accept the loss on his transfer fee.