Mohamed Salah “has ambition to test himself somewhere else”, according to Eurosport journalist Dean Jones, and a summer move is a possibility.
Speaking on an episode of the Touchline Talk podcast, Jones said: “So clearly, Salah is starting to think about life after Liverpool. I’ve been told for a few months too, that he definitely has ambition to test himself somewhere else.
“He’s had a great spell at Liverpool. He’s exceeded expectation. But he wants to show that this isn’t his ceiling and that he could go and do it at a Barcelona or Real Madrid, I genuinely believe that he has [the] ambition to do that and that time is running out to make that move.
“And I think that at a time when Liverpool’s momentum has just completely fallen away – from winning the Champions League, winning the Premier League; now, pretty much nothing – why stay? If a club genuinely comes along now with the money, I think he would probably be willing to go and I think that he sees Real Madrid as a realistic path out.”
Jones’ comments come off the back of an interview that Salah conducted with Marca at the end of last month. He refused to rule out a move to La Liga but claimed his future is out of his hands.
Should Liverpool sell Mohamed Salah this summer or hold onto him?
If the plan is to hold onto the Egyptian for another season before letting him go next season, Jurgen Klopp should just sell him now.
He still has another two years on his contract so his value is high whereas he will be entering the final year on his deal by the start of the 2022 summer transfer window.
Liverpool could easily demand £100m for Salah and this would enable them to sign the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland. The former would suit Jurgen Klopp’s style the best and if Salah is going to leave, the Reds have to replace him with someone at a similar level.
Mbappe is still only 22 years old and has been showing his class in the Champions League again after he scored a brace to sink Bayern Munich in the first leg of their quarter-final tie.
The double strike took him to 32 goals and 9 assists for the season and while he would cost more than what Liverpool could sell Salah for, it would be a no brainer from FSG to sign the French forward even if it cost a little more investment from Amerian owners.
The Boston-based group are obsessed with sustainability in their approach to running the club and Mbappe would provide this.
With Mbappe partnered with Nike, the marketing opportunities would be endless and the Reds’ rev-share deal with the sports brand would be even more valuable as the young forward would help Liverpool sell an unprecedented number of shirts.