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Worrying Salah contract update explains why FSG stance may accelerate Liverpool sale

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool attacker during Champions League clash against Inter Milan at Anfield

Liverpool and the Mohamed Salah contract saga remain poles apart with a trusted transfer oracle now explaining how the two parties still hold a major difference of opinion over his future.

The Egyptian’s future is firmly in the spotlight as the summer transfer window draws ever closer. His current deal runs until summer 2023. Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has subsequently stressed that, at this stage, talks are going as they should.

However, reports have claimed otherwise. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano stated earlier this month that talks between Liverpool and Salah broke down in December.

Furthermore, those discussions have supposedly not yet restarted. And despite Romano adding more recently that Salah is not currently angling for a move to La Liga, Spanish publication Sport has claimed the opposite.

As such, links between Salah and Barcelona are growing ever louder.

However, Romano states Salah remains happy at Liverpool FC and is not angling for a move.

But he stresses there remains a major difference of opinion between what Salah wants from his new deal and want FSG are prepared to pay.

And Romano states that Liverpool’s owners are ‘super happy’ with their current financial situation and wage structure. Furthermore, despite Salah’s importance to Klopp and Liverpool, they remain unprepared to shatter that structure for Salah.

And therein lies the problem.

Salah knows that he could earn a far higher salary elsewhere. Furthermore, he’s aware that, at 30 years of age, this will be the last big-money contract of his career.

Two sides to the story

And with talks not having been held since December, the stand-off only serves to accelerate fears that he may be sold this summer.

Explaining the argument from both parties, Romano gave a fascinating update to Rio Ferdinand’s YouTube channel FIVE.

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“They want to make him the best-paid player in the team but not with a crazy salary,” the Italian said. “Mo is not accepting that because if you look at other clubs in other countries too, and not just in the Premier League, not just at Manchester City, in other countries, players have crazy salaries and they are normal players.

“Mo is always playing, always delivering, playing all the top games in the season and never has serious injuries. Now he wants an important contract. It’s the final top contract of his career, he is 30 [years old] now.”

Mohamed Salah contract not a crazy demand

Addressing his future earlier this year, Salah claims his demands were not as high as some sources reported.

“I want to stay, but it’s not in my hands. It’s in their hands. They know what I want. I’m not asking for crazy stuff,” Salah told GQ.

“The thing is when you ask for something and they show you they can give you something (they should) because they appreciate what you did for the club.

“I’ve been here for my fifth year now. I know the club very well. I love the fans. The fans love me.

“But with the administration, they have (been) told the situation. It’s in their hands.”

Salah has been in blistering form this campaign, hitting 28 goals in just 36 appearances. That includes eight in eight Champions League outings, helping Liverpool to qualify for the quarter-finals.

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