MOHAMED SALAH has handed Liverpool something of a dilemma.
The Egyptian forward, 29, has under two years left to run on his £200,000-a-week contract – with rumours suggesting he wants a hefty pay rise.
The Reds are locked in talks with Salah over an extension, with negotiations intensifying amid his sensational start to the 2021-22 season.
Salah is arguably the best player in the world at the moment on form.
And with Kylian Mbappe destined to leave Paris Saint-Germain next summer, the French giants are keen to replace him with Salah, according to reports.
Real Madrid are also long-term admirers with Salah having a decision to make.
Aged 29, does the wing wizard take what could be his last chance for a big move or decide to end his career at Anfield?
Liverpool won’t shell out monstrous wages akin to Alexis Sanchez’s £505,000 per week at Manchester United and will likely look to keep Salah this side of £300,000 a week.
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The Merseyside giants won’t be taking any chances though and will be surveilling the transfer market for replacements, should they be needed.
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THE France superstar, 22, has all-but confirmed he will quit PSG in the summer.
Real Madrid have long been linked with a move for the ex-Monaco man – with Mbappe a boyhood Los Blancos fan.
However, the LaLiga giants have a conundrum on their hands: Mbappe or Erling Haaland.
Before the pandemic struck and money was less tight, Madrid had planned to sign Mbappe in the summer of 2021, before making full use of their ‘agreement’ with Haaland.
The plan was to trigger the Borussia Dortmund star’s £63million release clause when it kicks in next summer and boast a world-beating strike force.
But Real were unable to afford Mbappe and know their best hope now lies in signing him on a free next summer.
Will they be able to afford his wages, though? And that’s where Liverpool come in.
Mbappe is a vocal admirer of Jurgen Klopp and has been linked with a move to Anfield time and time again.
Lethal through the middle and devastating out side, just like Salah, the Frenchman would be the perfect like-for-like replacement for the Egyptian – albeit right-footed, instead of left.
If Liverpool decide NOT to offer Salah the big bucks to tempt him to stay, how likely are they to do so for Mbappe.
The key element here could be the player’s age, with Mbappe seven years Salah’s junior, potentially teasing the Reds to swoop.
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