It has been revealed that Mohammed Salary has requested a lucrative new deal in order for him to stay at Liverpool. The much loved man at Anfield, has requested £500,000 a week to sign a new contract. If FSG and Liverpool are to meet his demands, it would make him the highest paid player at the club, by a mile.
Over the years, Liverpool and more specifically FSG have been very stringent when it comes to their payscale structure. They have not been known for offering contracts on thee scale similar to financial giants; Manchester City, PSG and Real Madrid.
What does this mean for Liverpool?
In recent months, Liverpool have tied down Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson, Alisson and Trent Alexander Arnold with new contracts. A lack of spending in this year’s summer transfer window has been subject to huge criticism from Liverpool fans across the world. However the priority on Merseyside has been to keep players they already have to ensure stability going forward.
What if Liverpool offer the contract?
If Liverpool match Salah’s demands, then this will lead to questions regarding the strict structure in player wages. This is not something Liverpool fans will worry about or lose any sleep over. Keeping Salah would be number 1 priority, considering his influencial impact and fantastic scoring record.
But what if Liverpool say no?
With the more likely scenario of Liverpool rejecting Salah’s request, this could mean one of two things. Either they decide to enter further negotiations with Salah and his agent to make a compromise. Liverpool are already prepared to offer him a large pay rise from his current contract of £200,000 per week, but are unlikely to offer as a 250% increase in salary. Maybe they will meet in the middle, at £350,000 per week, with potential add on clauses such as hefty goal bonuses.
On the contrary, this could see Liverpool looking to cash in on the Egyptian as he has just 2 years remaining on his contract. At 29, Salah is technically at the peak of his career according to forwards peak age being 29. Considering the calibre of player he is, in his peak, the demand for him will be high. It has already been reported that PSG and Real Madrid are prepared to bid for Salah, and would be further inticed if Liverpool are forced to sell.
Liverpool would be losing their key player, and top goalscorer which would be very difficult to replace, unless they would be willing to spend on a player with similar ability such as Kylian Mbappe or Erling Haaland.