Liverpool are facing a battle to hold on to leading scorer Mohamed Salah this summer as European giants are lining up to try and poach him – potentially for a world record £200 million fee.
Real Madrid, Paris St-Germain and Barcelona are all reportedly keen on signing the Egyptian, who has scored 37 goals in 43 appearances for club and country this season, according to a report in The Sun.
Salah, 25, has been compared to Argentina great Lionel Messi recently – he has also scored more goals than him this season – for his performances for Liverpool. In his most recent match, he scored 4 goals against Watford.
In the current transfer market, it is thought it may take a world record fee – the current mark was set by PSG last summer when they paid Barcelona £198 million for Neymar – to prise Salah from Liverpool. Selling him for that much would be a huge return on the £34.3 million the Reds paid Roma last summer for him.
However, every player has a price, as Liverpool proved when they accepted Barcelona’s £145 million bid in January for Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho, having rebuffed several previous offers from the Spanish side.
Should Liverpool take the money – and it is surely speculation at the moment – they would have enormous spending power, given that they still have about £70 million left in the kitty from the Coutinho deal.
Of course, if Salah went to Real, it would mean they would drop their interest in Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Tottenham striker Harry Kane. But then that might mean one of Europe’s other giants would come in for them.
Whatever happens, it seems like this summer will be another one of frenetic transfer activity.