Liverpool attacker Mohamed Salah would allegedly be tempted at the prospect of taking on a new challenge in Spain or with Paris Saint-Germain this summer.
Despite a lengthy period of negotiations, the ex-Roma and Chelsea man is yet to reach an agreement to extend his stay at Anfield beyond the end of next season.
Jurgen Klopp‘s new contract until 2026 led to renewed optimism of a possible extension for Salah, who has hinted that he wants to stay with the quadruple-chasing Reds, so long as his demands are met.
However, the Egypt international will become a free agent in under 18 months’ time as things stand, leaving Liverpool in a tricky situation ahead of the summer transfer window.
Salah memorably refused to rule out a move to either Real Madrid or Barcelona back in 2020, but it now seems unlikely that either club will make a move for the 29-year-old.
Los Blancos are still working on a deal to bring Kylian Mbappe to the club from PSG, while Barcelona’s long-running financial problems could scupper a move for Salah.
Should Real Madrid pull off a deal for Mbappe, the Ligue 1 champions will be eyeing a replacement for the 23-year-old, as well as soon-to-be free agent Angel Di Maria.
Now, The Telegraph reports that Liverpool will consider selling Salah in the upcoming market if he fails to commit his future to the club, and he could be tempted by a move to PSG.
The prospect of linking up with Lionel Messi and Neymar in a star-studded frontline could appeal to the 29-year-old, although PSG are thought to be prioritising a move for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele.
Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane are also out of contract in 2023 alongside Salah, but Liverpool are understood to be planning extensions for the Brazilian and Senegalese attackers.
When asked by reporters at a recent press conference what his new deal could mean for Salah and Mane’s stays at Anfield, Klopp responded: “I think that’s a question for the boys.
“My relationship with both players is great. If it’s a positive sign for the boys then great, but I don’t think this will be a decisive factor. But the players who want to be here now know what they can expect.”
Salah has enjoyed a remarkable campaign with Liverpool, who are still fighting for success on four front this season, and he was recently crowned the Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year for 2021-22.
A total of 45 appearances in all tournaments has seen Salah register 30 goals and 14 assists, with 22 of those goals and 13 of those assists coming in Premier League action.
The attacker is currently on course for a Golden Boot and Playmaker double award swoop, with his 22 strikes three clear of second-placed Son Heung-min and 13 assists one better than Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Salah was named on the bench for the weekend’s win over Newcastle United but is expected to return to the first XI for Tuesday’s Champions League semi-final second leg with Villarreal, with Liverpool leading 2-0 from the first leg at Anfield.