Calderon confirms Salah is ‘wanted’ at Real Madrid, but highlights huge problem

Date published: Monday 1st March 2021 11:45 - Matthew Briggs

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Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon says Liverpool forward Mo Salah is “wanted” at the Bernabeu, but the LaLiga giants cannot finance a deal.

It’s not the first time Salah and Real Madrid have been mentioned in the same breath. The Egypt star flirted with Los Blancos in December when he refused to rule out a transfer to Spain.

Salah said: “I think Madrid and Barcelona are two top clubs. Who knows what will happen in the future, but right now I am focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool again.

“That’s a tough question [how long I will stay at Liverpool], but right now I can say that everything is in the hands of the club. Of course I want to break records here and, I repeat, all the club records, but everything is in the hands of the club.”

Then in an interview with TV2 (via Sport Witness) in January Salah put the ball in Liverpool’s court over his future.

Asked about his future, Salah said: “I don’t know. If you ask me, I say I want to stay here as long as I can, but as I’ve said before, it’s in the club’s hands.”

Salah is under contract until 2023 and Liverpool will be loathed to lose a player who has scored 18 goals in 188 games for Liverpool, including 24 this season.

 

 

And Speaking to On Time Sports, Calderon is doubtful Liverpool would let the prolific striker leave.

Liverpool ‘would ask for a lot of money’

“He is a great player and a goalscorer. He helped Liverpool by giving his best, but I don’t think they will let him go,” said Calderon, who was Real president between 2006-09.

“It is expected that, if they were to think about it, they would only let him go for a lot of money.

“Salah is wanted, of course, by Real Madrid, but Liverpool would ask for a lot of money and, if that deal were to be completed, it would be crucial.

“Salah is a great player with fantastic potential, and any club wishes to acquire such talents, but for Real Madrid I do not think they have the financial means to sign Salah.”

In his debut season, he scored 44 times from 52 appearances in all competitions.

The 28-year-old was a huge part of Liverpool’s 2019 Champions League win. He also plundered 19 goals to help the Reds win the Premier League last season.

READ MORE: Pundit points Salah to next move, says his ‘energy has run out with Liverpool’

 

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