Paris Saint-Germain have touched base with the entourage of Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah, according to reports in France.
Salah has been brilliant for Liverpool ever since joining from Roma in 2017. He has scored more than 100 goals for the club and has helped them win four trophies. However, doubts have always lingered about his future amid a general feeling he could be tempted away.
Few clubs would be able to offer Salah a convincing package. A move to La Liga could be one option, to either Real Madrid or Barcelona. But now, a club from a different country are also showing an interest.
According to Telefoot, PSG have opened talks with Salah’s representatives. The French champions are worried about losing Kylian Mbappe, who is out of contract in 2022.
If they have to sell Mbappe – who has coincidentally been linked with Liverpool – they would need a replacement. It appears Salah is on their radar.
The outlet claims PSG made contact for Salah last month. He is the owners’ preferred candidate despite Lionel Messi and Harry Kane also being under consideration.
Liverpool are under no pressure to sell Salah, who remains under contract until 2023. But if he shows a willingness to leave, they have been advised to cash in.
PSG have the financial ability to compete for players of Salah’s stature – especially if they raise funds by selling Mbappe.
However, there is no mention of any talks with Liverpool yet. It seems PSG are simply getting initial information from his camp.
Should the Reds cash in, they would likely have to find a replacement. They have been linked with new forwards anyway, but being deprived of one would only increase their need.
Salah has been the most reliable member of their famous front three this season. He has scored more goals than Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino put together.
However, he has hinted at interest in leaving for La Liga in the recent past. It remains to be seen if he would consider a switch to Ligue 1 as well.
Liverpool plan Salah talks
To ward off any interest from elsewhere, Liverpool could enter negotiations to extend Salah’s contract.
It was previously not seen as a priority, but with other suitors sniffing around, it could rise up the agenda.
Indeed, a recent report from The Times named Salah as one of four players Liverpool were planning contract talks with imminently.
Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Alisson Becker are also in line for new terms should they accept.