Jamie Carragher believes that Mohamed Salah may be too expensive at his age for Real Madrid or Barcelona to sign him from Liverpool.
Salah’s future has regularly been in question due to his excellent form with Liverpool over the past few years. It seems he would have no reason to leave while they are successful, but the lure of Madrid or Barcelona will always be tempting.
There has been a lot of confusion recently about whether Salah wants a move. Comments from a former teammate painted an unclear picture.
It has since emerged that extending Salah’s contract is not a priority for Liverpool. However, they obviously still want to keep him.
They may face a tough decision if Madrid or Barcelona come in with a huge offer. But with both clubs struggling financially, Carragher thinks that a move for the Liverpool man would not be cost-effective.
“Mo Salah is definitely one of those players who would look at his career and maybe want Barcelona or Real Madrid on his CV,” he said.
“Some players look at their career like that. I think Eden Hazard always wanted to go to Real Madrid at some stage.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if a few years ago, when Mo Salah was mapping his career out, that is something he would like to have done.
“But I think the situation now – financially and his age – means clubs don’t have that kind of money for him.
“You are talking in excess of £100million and I think Real Madrid and Barcelona would be looking at Mbappe or Haaland or even Mane ahead of Salah now because of his age.
“Those two clubs are not flush with money and his contract still has some time to run at Liverpool.
“So I’m not fearful as a Liverpool fan that he is going to leave any time soon.”
Salah due a goal
Carragher will be hoping to see Salah at his best when Liverpool take on rivals Manchester United in one of the most important games of the season so far on Sunday.
The Egypt international is without a goal in his last three Premier League games. It’s something of a drought by his standards, but Carragher expects that to change soon.
“Salah has not been in great form of late – but that can be said of the whole team,” he added.
“Then you look at it and he is still the top scorer in the Premier League. So you think he is due a performance and a goal.
“He doesn’t normally go this long without a goal.
“So fingers crossed for him and for Liverpool that it comes against United.”