There has been a fresh update regarding the state of play between Mohamed Salah and Liverpool in contract negotiations, while Manchester City are battling the same rival for two players – all in Tuesday’s transfer gossip.
AGENT RAISES SALAH WAGE DEMANDS
Mohamed Salah is seeking a weekly wage of £500,000 from any new contract he signs at Liverpool.
Salah recently indicated a desire to spend the rest of his career at Liverpool. However, as things stand, his contract will expire in 2023.
Liverpool have thus outlined his situation as a priority issue to resolve. But given his status as arguably the most in-form player in the world, an extension will not come cheap.
Approaching his 30s, Liverpool must weigh up whether it would be worth investing in Salah for a longer term. But on current form it would seem unreasonable to consider letting him go.
That may play into his hands – or his agent’s – and details have now emerged of what he would be demanding from a new contract.
According to Football Insider, Salah wants half a million pounds every week as part of a new Liverpool contract. It would make him the club’s best-paid player of all time.
Such a figure is slightly higher than what had previously been reported and will give Reds chiefs some serious thinking to do.
Representative Ramy Abbas is driving the demands for his client. As long as Salah continues his fine form, their position will be strengthened.
Now, it will be up to Liverpool’s Boston-based owners to make the final decisions. At present, they are “reluctant” to give him a new deal on money-no-object terms given that they would last until his mid-30s.
Therefore, an agreement is “some way away” despite Salah’s recent promising comments.
That may be a concern given that Ekrem Konur is reporting that Real Madrid are monitoring the situation and will move for Salah if Liverpool fail to tie him down.
MAN CITY IN DOUBLE TRANSFER BATTLE
Manchester City could battle Bayern Munich for the signature of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie De Jong. (Calciomercato)
City and Bayern are also in a race, along with Monaco, for Ajax winger Antony. (Calciomercato)
Man Utd are seriously considering sacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer before their game against Tottenham on Saturday. (Manchester Evening News)
Solskjaer is being blamed for a lack of understanding between Cristiano Ronaldo and Mason Greenwood. (ESPN)
United have a four-man shortlist of potential Solskjaer replacements: Antonio Conte, Zinedine Zidane, Erik Ten Hag and Brendan Rodgers. (The Sun)
If sacked, Solskjaer would take a short break but could quickly find a next job with the Norway national team. (The Sun)
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez has raised concerns over his gametime with manager Jurgen Klopp. (90min)
Lucien Favre has emerged as the new favourite for the Newcastle manager’s job, ahead of Paulo Fonseca. (Bild)
NUNO DRIVES TOTTENHAM DEFENDER INTEREST
Tottenham are ready to step up their pursuit of Stoke defender Harry Souttar, whom Nuno Espirito Santo wanted to sign for Wolves when he was in charge there. (Football Insider)
Liverpool are interested in €15m-rated Torino defender Gleison Bremer, who is also a target for Inter and Milan. (Radio Itatiaia)
Chelsea are ready to reward rising star Trevoh Chalobah with a new, long-term contract. (Football London)
Man Utd have a three-man transfer wishlist for 2022, comprising Nicolo Barella, Federico Chiesa and Kieran Trippier. (Fichajes)
Leicester City have submitted a planning application for the expansion of their King Power Stadium. (Daily Mail)
Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman will be under pressure if he fails to win all of their next three games. (Marca)
Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is eager to become England number one in time for the 2022 World Cup. (Daily Mail)
Derby County have been the subject of a £50m takeover bid from American businessman Chris Kirchner. (The Sun)
AND MORE TRANSFER GOSSIP
The agent of Ousmane Dembele has contacted Newcastle and Barcelona over a potential transfer. (Sport)
Man City have joined the race for Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakaria. (Calciomercato)
Marcelo will leave Real Madrid at the end of the season and is likely to return to Fluminense in Brazil. (El Nacional)
Brighton are closely following Argentine winger Pedro de la Vega. (Tuttomercatoweb)