Real Madrid and other clubs may have to back down after Liverpool maintained that they have no plans to sell their Egyptian king, Mohamed Salah under any circumstances this summer, with the club determined that the Egyptian remains central to their pursuit of honors.
Since his entry into Liverpool, Salah’s 36 goals in his first season with the club – as well as his inspired performances for his country – has elevated his global status.
Liverpool resisted the Barcelona move for Coutinho last summer, but only for six months. However, the club’s circumstances are much stronger on and off the pitch now – even compared to January, when they reluctantly conceded defeat in the battle to retain Coutinho.
It is a long time since the club was in such a healthy position not only to invest in the team but, just as importantly, to protect the assets that have put them in this position.
Salah still has four years left on the deal he signed last summer, since when his value has soared.
Liverpool would not even put a price on him but independent valuations would suggest there are few clubs in the world capable of getting close to affording what the Egyptian is now worth. Real, Barcelona and Paris St-Germain have shown that they are prepared to break world record transfer fees. Beyond that, only Manchester City or Manchester United have the finances to compete for him and there is no prospect of Liverpool doing business with a Premier League rival.
Salah’s value, meanwhile, may yet rise even further. He could become the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush to score 40 goals in a season; has the Champions League quarter-final in his sights and will lead Egypt’s efforts at the World Cup. He is already a national hero at home as it was his goal that took his country to Russia