By Danny Mills

8th Jan, 2022 | 8:30am

Salah 'keen' to sign new £117m Liverpool deal after Romano update - pundit

Mohamed Salah is “keen” to sign a new contract with Liverpool but they must get it done before the end of the season, according to Danny Mills.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Man City and England full-back insisted Salah jetting off to represent Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations will not stop negotiations.

Football Insider reported last month (11 December) Liverpool are confident of securing their star man to a new contract and had wanted to wrap up the deal before the January window.

It is understood Salah wants wages of £500,000-a-week and a contract until the summer of 2026.

That equates to a mega £116.5million over the course of the new deal.

Fabrizio Romano reported on Thursday (6 January) the Reds’ current priority is a new contract for Salah.

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“It’s irrelevant where he is within the world,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“Mo Salah is not sitting down with the Liverpool board, it will be his agent doing the majority of it. There will be phone calls.

“He’s got 18 months left now. If you get to the summer with a year left, that’s actually six months with a pre-contract deal outside the UK.

“You start to think, as Alex Ferguson would say, ‘It’s squeaky bum time’. You start to get a little bit concerned about what might happen next.

“Both parties are keen to get it done. Liverpool want to get him as cheap as they can, Mo Salah wants as much money as he can.

“It’s just about the negotiation and finding that sweet spot where both parties are happy.”

Salah has scored 23 goals and contributed nine assists in 26 games across all competitions this season.

The 29-year-old is now Liverpool’s 10th all-time top scorer and would move into ninth if he scores four more goals.

In other news, Liverpool have rejected a formal bid from a Premier League club and just another £5million will seal the deal.