According to Spanish outlet AS (via Sports Witness), Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah may leave the club in the summer due to differences with Jurgen Klopp, with Real Madrid ‘attentive’ to the situation.
Amazingly, if Los Blancos try to sign the forward, it is believed that Manchester United will get involved, along with Bayern Munich.
The 26-year-old has just been crowned as a European champion, a title that he has admitted was his ‘dream’ and one that he wanted over the Premier League.
Despite that, AS believe that the Egyptian forward is open to leaving Anfield, following a strong argument with Klopp.
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But even if he is the unhappiest footballer on planet Earth, why would one of Europe’s best players join a side who have just finished sixth in the Premier League and have disarray coming out of their ears?
Why would Salah sign a new five-year contract as recently as last summer, when he knew that Klopp – the supposed reason he wants out – is only halfway through a six-year contract that he signed in 2016?
Even more unfathomably, Liverpool wouldn’t allow him to join United even if the Red Devils offered a world-record fee; strengthening a direct rival – an arch-rival in fact – and losing their best player in the process simply wouldn’t happen under Michael Edwards and Klopp.
It would also completely tarnish the good relationship built up between Klopp, the players and the fanbase, who practically idolise the key figures behind their club’s success right now.
Additionally, the former Basel forward agreed a deal which had no release clause embedded in the terms, basically tying him down to the Reds and allowing them all of the power in regards to where he goes next – there is the slimmest of chances that Salah goes anywhere.
This transfer story has all the makings of a truly absurd report; even if they hated each other’s guts, United don’t have a leg to stand on in the market right now in terms of attracting the most elite players.
Salah has four more years left on his contract at Anfield and seems to be loving his football with Liverpool, who have proved as recently as Saturday that they can fulfil their players’ wishes of winning big, big titles with the club.
If this report does turn out to be true, I’ll eat my hat.