Sources: FSG set Salah talks deadline after sensational £117m Liverpool twist
Mohamed Salah’s contract stalemate with Liverpool is expected to be sorted one way or the other in the next few weeks, Football Insider understands.
Boston-based owners Fenway Sports Group are under growing pressure to break the bank for the Egyptian superstar, who wants £500,000-a-week to stay at Anfield.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider that FSG want a deal in place within weeks and well ahead of the 1 January, when the next transfer window opens.
The club hierarchy recognise that hopes of tying Salah down long term will all but evaporate if negotiations drag on into the new year.
The red-hot forward has a contract that runs until the summer of 2023.
But he will be well placed to secure a cut-price transfer if he enters the final 12-18 months of his deal.
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Salah has gone public with his desire to spend the rest of his playing career at Anfield.
FSG are aware they are going to have to not only make Salah, 29, comfortably the best-paid player in the club’s history to keep him but also catapult him into the world’s top bracket of earners.
It is believed that Salah’s representative, Ramy Abbas, wants a deal worth £500,000-a-week for the forward.
That is equivalent to astonishing £117million across four-and-a-half years, which is the length of the deal the goal machine wants.
Salah increased his bargaining power even further with a hat-trick in Liverpool’s historic 5-0 win at Man United last Sunday.
It was the 10th consecutive match in which Salah had scored and lifted his tally for the season to an extraordinary 15 goals in all competitions from 12 games.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is pushing hard publicly and privately for Liverpool to tie down “the best” player in the world.