A British tabloid newspaper the Sun has reported that Liverpool are considering making a massive financial offer to amend the deal of Mohamed Salah which would make the star the highest-paid player in EPL history.
If Mohamed agrees to the Liverpool management proposal, he would receive £22.4 million euros a year at £430,000 a week.
This package is believed to rival the wages of Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez, according to the Sun.
The newspaper also pointed out that Reds officials want to protect Moahemd against any temptations in the next year’s transfer market, especially after Real Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane expressed interest in him.
Salah helped his side win the UEFA Champions League the previous year and the Super Cup this campaign. Mohamed was named the Premier League top scorer twice in a row.
He had previously turned down two major offers to join Juventus and Real Madrid, opting to stay at Liverpool until he won the EPL trophy.
Another British outlet the Daily Mirror reported on June that Mohamed received the offers following the Reds’ Champions League triumph.
Both Juventus and Real Madrid were lining up record-breaking £150m offers for him and Mohamed has put the teams’ higher-ups on red alert by declaring that he’d review his situation next year.
In other news, Liverpool were never keen on bringing former midfielder Philippe Coutinho back from La Liga side Barcelona this summer, The Athletic reports.
The 27-year-old star joined Bayern Munich on a season-long loan, a transfer that will see the German heavyweights pay an £8m loan fee and cover his £250,000 per week wage bill with a view to making the deal permanent next summer for £110m.
Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has revealed there have been discussions within Anfield over a move for ex-Tottenham Hotspur shot-stopper Michel Vorm.
He is still a free agent after being released by Mauricio Pochettino’s side at the end of the last campaign and was one of the most popular variants when considering short-term additions at Liverpool.
With Alisson becker still sidelined, Adrian has been filling in between the sticks thus far, while 35-year-old Andy Lonergan has been considered as an emergency backup.
But with Andy lacking top-level experience, and young Caoimhin Kelleher yet to debut, the possibility of a more proven third ‘keeper has been mooted.
According to Achterberg, speaking to the Dutch outlet NOS, he and the rest of the German manager Jurgen Klopp‘s backroom staff had “discussed” the prospect of landing Vorm.
“A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said,” John explained.
He did add, however, that Andy’s record at Championship level is “not to be underestimated,” while it’s “not for nothing” that Caoimhin is established in the Republic of Ireland setup.
It is possible that Michel was considered prior to the decision to land Lonergan, but Achterberg’s “superfluous luxury” line indicates that he’d come in as the competition for Adrian.
This isn’t the first time the Dutchman has been on Liverpool’s radar, of course, and they made a concerted effort to secure his services when he was at Swansea back in 2014.
He instead joined Tottenham and remained there for five campaigns, but spent his entire stint in north London as backup to France international Hugo Lloris, making just 47 matches for the club.
Philippe Coutinho wanted to return to the former club, Liverpool before completing his transfer to Bayern Munich, according to the latest reports.
Barcelona were open to selling the Brazilian star this summer but he has now joined die Roten on a season-long loan, while the Bundesliga champions have the option to buy for €120m (£109.8m).
Coutinho was heavily connected with a return to England with Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all reportedly keen on a deal.
But according to The Athletic, Philippe’s representatives ‘made it clear’ to the Reds chiefs that he would prefer a switch back to Anfield.
However, the report states that Liverpool were not interested in an expensive loan agreement which would include the option to buy.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is also said to have privately concluded that Philippe would not dramatically improve his team, while he is also content with the various attacking options he has in his roster.
Klopp, meanwhile, has admitted that the transfer was too costly for the club. ‘It sounds a bit strange, but we could not afford it [to sign Coutinho], we have already spent the cash that we got for him,’ he told Goal.
Meantime, Liverpool have identified shot-stopper Michel Vorm as a potential addition to their main team squad.
Goalkeeping coach John Achterberg has confirmed that an approach may be made for him, who is available on a free transfer after being released by the EPL giants Tottenham Hotspur.
John told NOS: “A good third goalie at a top club is not a superfluous luxury, I have always said.”
“The arrival of Vorm has been discussed. Lonergan has more than 250 matches at Championship level and that is the sort of experience not to be underestimated.”