The Egyptian forward Mohamed Salah has emerged as an option for FC Barcelona this summer with sources at the club confident they could buy the Liverpool star for just £60 Million.
The Egyptian’s contract at Anfield expires in the summer of 2023 and the contract extension talks have stalled. Salah is reportedly not happy with the new contract offer. Thus, Liverpool could be forced to sell him sooner than they’d like to get the maximum value for their star forward.
Mohamed Salah, at 29, is currently one of the best forwards in Europe. He has had an outstanding season with 28 goals and 10 assists.
According to the Spanish newspaper Diario AS, Barcelona would consider Mohamed Salah as a back-up option if they are unable to sign Dortmund star Erling Haaland this summer.
FC Barcelona are searching for a high-profile striker as they look to return to trophy contenders both in Spain and Europe following their financial crisis. The Catalan giants want to return to their status as one of the best clubs in European football.
The FC Barcelona head coach Xavi and the club’s board members regard Salah as the ‘priority alternative’ who would be significantly cheaper than Haaland. The report states that Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski would be a third choice for Barcelona with Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku also a name in the frame.
Barcelona believe Salah would fit nicely into their team given his versatility playing across the forward line and that he would guarantee them at least 30 goals a season.
AS report that Barcelona have already received positive noises from Salah’s camp when they tentatively expressed their interest. Salah has been at Anfield for five years and has previously made no secret of his wish to play for one of the leading Spanish teams.
Talks over a new contact at Liverpool have dragged on with Salah believed to want wages of £400,000-a-week, making him comfortably the highest-paid player in the club’s history. It is yet to be known whether his demands will be met or not.