La Liga chief Javier Tebas has said that he hopes that Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah will make a move to a Spanish club, although admitted it is “very unlikely” a switch will happen this summer.
The Egyptian is currently the Premier League’s top goalscorer with 17 goals. However, Liverpool’s dismal season has prompted speculation over whether Klopp will be able to retain his best players.
This especially so given the increasing likelihood that Reds will fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.
Salah has become an Anfield legend since his £36.9million arrival from Roma in 2018. He helped the club to their sixth Champions League title in 2019 before being an integral part of their famous Premier League-winning campaign last season.
Real Madrid are reportedly keen on the 28-year-old, with the attacker strengthening rumours after commenting in an interview: “Who knows what will happen in the future.”
However, Salah did go on to underline his commitment to Liverpool, stating he wants to stay on Merseyside for “as long as I can.”
Nevertheless, La Liga’s Tebas admitted he would like to see the winger play in Spain, albeit unlikely anytime soon.
“I definitely hope that he joins La Liga but I don’t expect big money transfers this summer,” he told Egyptian TV station ON Time Sports.
“We are at the same level as the Premier League. The difference is the audience, they have a bigger audience in Europe. We have our huge base in the Middle and Far East.
“An arrival of Mohamed Salah in La Liga? With the current financial situation, it is very unlikely that Liverpool will sell Mohamed Salah or that a club will sign a big name this summer.”
The status of La Liga
Spain’s top-flight lure took a hit when Cristiano Ronaldo moved to Juventus in 2018.
It was further rocked last summer when Lionel Messi threatened to leave Barcelona.
Despite the club appointing Joan Laporta as their new president, the Argentinian’s future at the Nou Camp still looks rocky.
Tabas says he is ready if the superstar does end up leaving Spanish football.
He added: [Messi] couldn’t leave Barcelona because of an agreement in his contract, but as I said about Cristiano [Ronaldo], we also are prepared financially for this moment.
“Cristiano leaving Real Madrid was a decision made by the club.
“I don’t have the right to say anything, but I always prefer to have the best players in La Liga. The same happened with Neymar before.
“Cristiano was the ultimate goalscorer in La Liga and we were affected by his departure. But financial the impact was minimal because we prepared well for this moment.”
According to UEFA’s coefficients league rankings, Spain lead the way with England in second place.