Liverpool holding new Salah talks as breakthrough close - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

14th May, 2022 | 7:06am

Sources: 'Huge' update on Mohamed Salah talks with Liverpool as £80m+ news revealed

Liverpool are set for new Mohamed Salah contract talks and are confident an agreement is not far away, Football Insider has been told.

Discussions have been going on for months between Salah’s camp and the quadruple chasers over a deal that would make the forward the club’s best-ever paid player.

A source close to Liverpool has told Football Insider that the Egypt international is keen to stay and has compromised on his initial £500,000-a-week wage demands in order to sign what would still be a “huge” new deal.

The Merseysiders are willing to offer the 29-year-old, who turns 30 next month, a four-year deal running until the summer of 2026.

It could be worth more than £80million in total, which would catapult Salah into the top bracket of earners in global football.

Liverpool have always made clear they want to keep Salah but were initially put off by the £500,000-a-week he wanted to stay at Anfield, which he has claimed is not “crazy” given his achievements in a red shirt.

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His negotiating position has been weakened by his post-African Cup of Nations performances even though he has still be instrumental in the team’s remarkable quadruple chase.

The latest chapter in the bid to add trophies to the League Cup won in February will be on Saturday, when Liverpool and Chelsea go head-to-head again in the FA Cup final.

For Liverpool and their American owners Fenway Sports Group, they have been aided in negotiations by the financial troubles of the Spanish giants, the uncertainty at Chelsea and the lack of alternative elite-club options.

Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa caused controversy with his last 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.

Relations are believed to have been smooth since that point, and dialogue is continuing going into the final weeks of what could be an historic campaign.

In other news, Liverpool’s plan to announce a new signing can be revealed.