Sources: 'Huge' update on Mohamed Salah contract talks with Liverpool after new twist
Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group remain hopeful of agreeing a new long-term contract with Mohamed Salah, Football Insider has been told.
Fresh doubts have emerged over the future of the Egyptian superstar after Jurgen Klopp admitted this month the club have made no progress in attempts to secure him to a new deal.
A source close to Liverpool has told Football Insider that club chiefs believe Salah will eventually drop his wage demands in order to stay at Anfield and sign a “huge” new deal.
This confidence is partly driven by the lack of viable alternatives for the Premier League’s top scorer this season, both in England and on the Continent.
The Spanish giants have both suffered financial trouble, Chelsea’s financial ambition in the post-Roman Abramovich era is unknown and Man United is out of the question.
That leaves perhaps Paris Saint-Germain, who could lose Kylian Mbappe and Lionel Messi this summer, and Man City, who are chasing Erling Haaland as their marquee summer signing, as possibilities among the global elite capable of affording Salah’s wage demands.
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The preference of the 29-year-old, who turns 30 in June, remains to stay at Anfield but he and his agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, have dismissed the club’s most recent contract offer.
Abbas Issa caused controversy with his latest public response to comments from Jurgen Klopp that “it’s all completely fine” and “there’s no rush” with the talks by posting laughing emojis on his personal social media account.
Salah wants £500,000-a-week to stay at Anfield, which he has claimed is not “crazy” given his achievements at Liverpool.
Behind the scenes, FSG still believe what would be a “huge” agreement can be secured with their star man ahead of the summer.
That would mean Salah reducing his wage demands, something the club hierarchy believe is likely.
His current deal expires in June 2023, meaning that the weeks leading into the summer represent a critical juncture before he enters the final year of his contract.