Pundit makes £100m-plus Liverpool transfer claim after source's Salah contract reveal
Paddy Kenny has urged Liverpool to give Mohamed Salah “what he wants” as the club prepare a bumper contract deal.
The former Premier League goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, predicted it would cost the Reds over £100million to replace the 29-year-old.
A Liverpool source has told Football Insider (14th October) club chiefs want to end the impasse over Salah’s future with a deal struck before January.
They are preparing a deal worth £350,000-a-week, plus bonuses, to make him the club’s highest earner.
The total value of the contract would be over £82million, with Salah looking for terms that run until 2026.
American owners FSG had been reluctant to give a player heading into his 30s such a lucrative deal.
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However, they have realised the Egypt international is an exceptional case and are willing to reward him.
Kenny insisted Liverpool would have to spend over £100million in transfer fees alone were they to let Salah leave.
As such, he claimed the contract terms would be good value for the Reds.
Asked if Liverpool should hand Salah a £350,000-a-week deal, Kenny told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The way football is now, why not?
“He is an unbelievable player and he has been producing week in, week out, scoring unbelievable goals.
“I don’t see why they wouldn’t give him a new deal on £350,000-a-week because if you do let him go, what’s it going to cost to replace him?
“At £350,000-a-week, it’s going to cost you around £80million over four or five years. What are they going to do if they lose him?
They’re going to have to replace him and spend £100million with wages on top. For me, it’s a no brainer. Get giving him that deal and what he wants.”
Salah has already scored nine goals in as many games for Liverpool this season.