Real Madrid remain eager to land Mohamed Salah but cannot afford the sum needed to bring the Liverpool attacker to the Bernabeu, according to former club chairman Ramon Calderon.

The 28-year-old star fuelled speculation of a move to La Liga in December when he gave an interview with Spanish outlet AS suggesting he was open to the idea of playing for either the Galacticos or Barcelona in the future.

However, the Egyptian forward, whose contract at Anfield expires in June 2023, has since admitted that he is happy to remain at the Merseyside club ‘as long’ as he can.

Ramon believes Real are still keen to bring the player to the Spanish capital but doubts his old club, who have been hit hard by the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, will not be in any position to meet the Reds’ demands for the player if they choose to sell.

He told ON Time Sports: ‘He is a great player and a goalscorer. He helped Liverpool by giving his best, but I don’t think they will let him go.

‘It is expected that, if they were to think about it, they would only let him go for a lot of money.

‘Salah is wanted, of course, by Real Madrid, but Liverpool would ask for a lot of money and, if that deal were to be completed, it would be crucial.

‘Salah is a great player with fantastic potential, and any club wishes to acquire such talents, but for Real Madrid I do not think they have the financial means to sign Salah.’