Reports from Spain suggest that Real Madrid are considering signing Mohamed Salah as they find it difficult to overhaul their squad this summer.
According to Fichajes.net, Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign Salah this summer and they claim the Egyptian has ‘asked Liverpool to leave in this market.’
His contract expires at the end of the 2022/23 season so the Reds are in a tricky position as they enter talks over a new contract.
Fabrizio Romano told fellow Anfield Watch this week that Salah has entered talks with the Reds over a new contract.
He said: “This [contract talks between the club and Salah] is not at the final stages yet.
“They [the club and Salah] have been talking but nothing is advanced yet.”
The Egyptian is in Austria with the Reds after taking his summer vacation and is gearing up for the new season.
As with Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool will not sell their best-attacking player unless an enormous offer is received and the player makes it clear that he wants to leave.
While we can’t presume to know what Salah thinks and he did make curious comments to Marca last season, he seems happy at Liverpool.
If the former Chelsea winger did leave the club, Klopp would need to go out and replace him with a similarly devastating forward.
Only Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe would be able to replicate his consistency over the years but the former isn’t for sale anywhere under €175million while it was recently claimed the latter would cost €125million.
If Salah does leave for Madrid and, given the wages they can offer, it’s not entirely unlikely, Mbappe has to be the player Liverpool replace him with.
It would be a pity because the dream scenario would be to sign him next summer for free while extending Salah’s contract and lining up with Mane, Mbappe and Mo as the front three.
While only one of them would have his best years ahead of him, it would still be one of the best threes that England has ever seen.
The 29-year-old is arguably the most important player in Jurgen Klopp’s squad and only Virgil van Dijk is anywhere close to him in terms of influence.
Salah scored 22 Premier League goals last season and if he hadn’t scored as many as he did, Liverpool would have been in real danger of finishing close to midtable.