It is not yet certain as to whether either Real Madrid or Barcelona will look to move, or even be able to move, for Liverpool attacker Mo Salah in the coming summer transfer window according to a source.
The Reds have seen Salah become one of the world’s most potent forwards during his time at Anfield and he has obviously helped the club to become European and domestic champions in recent years with his goals.
Naturally, though, speculation will grow over a player of such talent and the big names in Spain are always never far away from such a transfer rumour.
Transfer source for Eurosport, Dean Jones, however, has suggested why neither La Liga giant might be going for the Egyptian attacker in the next transfer market in the summer.
Indeed, he explains in his report that Barcelona may only be able to afford him if Lionel Messi left the club given the levels of debt they have at the Nou Camp whilst Madrid have other priorities.
Los Blancos are apparently looking at Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint Germain at the moment and are pondering the idea of using Eden Hazard as a makeweight in any potential deal.
Indeed, it’s also claimed by Jones that Madrid want to explore the opportunity of signing Erling Haaland in the summer ahead of Salah and so we could well be seeing a quiet market involving the no.11.
ANFIELD WATCH VERDICT
Salah still has a couple of years on his contract so there is no need to rush things in terms of him signing a new deal.
He’s a player of considerable ability, of course, and the biggest clubs are always going to be linked with him but it does sound as though it might be difficult for two of the heaviest hitters to bring him in.
And, aside from them, it’s hard to see where else he would go. Jones is a respected source, too, so this information should be reliable.
Reds fan and writer for Anfield Watch, currently based in the south and still not over Xabi Alonso’s exit. Also a match-going reporter in the EFL.