Mirror Football has revealed a stunning new twist in Salah’s future by reporting he has been promised a move to Barcelona when he is out of contract next June.
As per the report, a verbal offer has been made by the La Liga giants to secure the signing of the Liverpool winger when next season draws to a close and Salah will have completed his contract at the Merseyside club.
It has been further reported that this verbal offer has been the reason that the Egyptian is stalling the signing of a new contract with the six-time Champions League winners, performing a ‘drastic U-turn’ after telling friends that he was ready to pen a new deal with the club.
If it wasn’t enough that Sadio Mane has reportedly made it clear he wants to leave Liverpool this summer, Jurgen Klopp will surely be furious to then lose another one of his best players in 12 months too, something that FSG will no doubt be livid about as well if he departs on a free.
The £90m-rated star has been a goal-scoring monster in Liverpool’s pursuit for success netting 156 goals and delivering 63 assists to his teammates over the last five years. Thus, finding a replacement with the same level of attacking output would be a huge challenge for the club going forward.
Moreover, losing one of the most expensive assets in the squad on a free transfer would be inconceivable in terms of what they could potentially profit on the player if they were to sell him this summer with reports of at least £80m wanted by FSG to let him go before his contract expires.
Liverpool are in negotiations with the player to extend his contract but are reportedly unwilling to pay the forward the £400k-per-week salary he demands, which would put him hundreds of thousands pounds ahead of his team-mates, blowing the entire strict wage structure FSG has prided themselves on for years.
With that being said, the powers at Anfield have a huge decision to make this summer.
Do they take the risk and hope they can reach an agreement with Salah? Or do they keep him for one more season and take the hit of losing the opportunity to profit on the player. Either way, his exit is unlikely to be welcomed by many at Anfield.