This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
In one of the most surprising transfer links to pop up this year, reports in Spain are claiming Real Madrid face competition for the signature of Mohamed Salah from Inter Milan.
According to Don Balon, translated by Google, Real Madrid are interested in Liverpool’s Egyptian King, but Inter Milan are ready to make him their highest-paid player, something the Spanish side will not do.
The report claims the San Siro outfit want to nearly double Salah’s wages, making him the second highest earner in Serie A behind Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo.
Salah would receive a raise of €7.3m (£6.5m) per year, though the report claims he has made no decision about accepting the offer.
This would be a sideways step if there ever was one. The report from Don Balon says the Nerazzurri want to make Salah part of an elite front three with Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.
There’s just one problem with that – the 27 year-old is already part of a better front three at Liverpool.
Then there is Roberto Firmino, who has assisted both Mane and Salah three times each already this season and is crucial to the duo’s success. Oh, and who can forget Jurgen Klopp, you know, the FIFA Coach of the Year, that guy?
Salah is in a better team with a superior manager and a fan base that adores him. To give all that up for a pay rise would be a bizarre decision and definitely a sideways step for the winger’s career.