By Alan Hutton

15th Jan, 2022 | 8:00am

Pundit issues £148m Liverpool transfer claim after Salah talks update update

Alan Hutton has claimed it could cost Liverpool £148million in transfer fees and wages to replace Mohamed Salah as contract talks continue at Anfield.

The former Scotland defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the Reds would be better off giving the 29-year-old “what he wants”.

Speaking to GQ (11 January), Salah insisted he is “not asking for crazy stuff” in discussions and that the club “know what I want”.

The Egypt international admitted his future at Liverpool is “in their hands”.

As detailed by Football Insider back in October, Salah wants a £500,000-a-week, four-and-a-half-year deal, worth a total of £117million.

Hutton suggested Liverpool would have to spend up to £70million on transfer fees and hand out a £300,000-a-week, five-year contract on Salah’s replacement.

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Hutton told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “To replace him, how much are you going to have to spend? That’s what you have to think to yourself.

“You’re still going to have to buy somebody for £50million, £60million, £70million. Then you’re going to give them a five-year contract on £200-300,000-a-week.

“You’ve already got somebody there who is proven for your team. just give him what he wants and then move forward. Let him continue to play well week in, week out.

“You can just forget about it and move forward. It’s really a no-brainer for me.”

A Liverpool source told this site last month (11 December) that the Reds are hopeful of agreeing terms after “tricky” negotiations.

Salah’s current contract at Anfield runs until the summer of 2023.

In other news, signficant update on Nathaniel Phillips leaving Liverpool after formal bid submitted.