Mohamed Salah wants to leave Liverpool, according to a bombshell claim made by Spanish newspaper AS last week.
The Egypt international is said to have discussed his future with manager Jurgen Klopp as well as the club’s owners.
And there is an agreement, reportedly, that will see Salah placed up for sale in the summer transfer window.
But what would happen if Salah did depart?
Football FanCast breaks down some of the potential consequences…
Sadio Mane is cast in a supporting role at Liverpool, currently.
A player with the ability to walk into any team in Europe, Mane has blistering pace and a genuine eye for goal.
Mane, of course, has scored a multitude of pivotal goals this season, most notably at the Allianz Arena, where his emphatic brace sent the Reds into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
With Salah gone, Mane would become the main man. He would surely be the best player in the club’s attack – he is better than Roberto Firmino – and manager Klopp could potentially shift the Senegal international into a more central role as the club tries to adapt after Salah’s departure.
The fee for Salah would be gargantuan.
AS do not mention a possible price but they do claim that Real Madrid – the same Real Madrid who employ Sergio Ramos as a player – could “enter the bidding” if Salah became available.
The deal could potentially eclipse that of Neymar’s £200million move to PSG. And that money would then, surely, be available for Klopp to reinvest.
Fenway Sports Group have showcased a willingness to reinvest since Philippe Coutinho’s departure, with the likes of Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson all arriving in mega money deals during the year of the Brazilian’s departure.
Liverpool’s owners have struggled to command unanimous popularity amongst the supporters down the years, but their recent exploits in the market suggest they wouldn’t let the fans down if Salah departed in a stunning deal.
Liverpool’s manager, then, would surely be provided with an eyewatering war chest to ease the burden of the Egyptian’s sale.
Salah leads the charge of the ‘Red Arrows’.
He is constantly at the tip of the spear, looking to hassle and harry opposition defenders.
Closely followed by Firmino and Mane, the front three are the first line of defence for Klopp’s side.
Without Salah, a new player, brought in from a rival, would have to learn that way of playing.
Initially, at least, the club’s press would surely fall apart, and they would be more vulnerable to being picked off.
Selling Salah, then, would be a rather risky move indeed.