Mohamed Salah Next Club Odds: Real Madrid Favourites To Swoop For Reds Star
Mohamed Salah recently won the FWA Football of the Year award, but the Liverpool star faces an uncertain future.
Betting sites believe it is entirely possible that the Egypt international could bid farewell to Anfield at the end of the season.
Salah is under contract until 2023, but progress has been slow in discussions over an extension.
The two parties remain some way apart: the club are unwilling to break their wage structure given Salah’s advancing years, while the player is holding out for a deal which he believes is consummate to his standing as one of the best footballers on the planet.
Talks could accelerate once the campaign has concluded, and Liverpool will hope that their run to the Champions League final convinces the Egypt international that he is in the right place. Until Salah puts pen to paper though, the speculation will continue.
Where will the 29-year-old be playing his trade at the end of the transfer window? Let’s take a look at the odds and then explore the options.
Salah Still Expected To Be At Liverpool Next Season
The most likely outcome is that Salah is still at Liverpool on September 1st – odds of 1/20 on football betting sites are available on that eventuality.
Even if the former Chelsea man does not sign a new contract in the next few months, Liverpool would surely rather keep hold of him for the final year of his deal than let him leave this summer for a reduced fee.
Moreover, Salah is unlikely to flat-out reject Liverpool’s next contract offer. The likes of Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe did not announce a year in advance that they would not be signing a new deal with their respective clubs.
The Egyptian will want to keep that option on the table for as long as possible – and Liverpool are highly unlikely to sell him while there is still a possibility of retaining his services for the long-term.
Salah’s form has dipped a little this calendar year. Sadio Mane and Luis Diaz have outperformed him of late, while Son Heung-min is hot on his heels in the race for the Golden Boot. Even so, there is no doubt that Salah is Liverpool’s star man.
It is hard to envisage them reaching a Champions League final or pushing Manchester City all the way in the Premier League title race without him. Salah could leave in 2023, but an exit this summer is improbable.
Real Madrid Could Pursue Salah Deal In Coming Months
If Salah does seek pastures new, Real Madrid are the 7/1 favourites to secure his signature. At present the Blancos appear to be all-in on Kylian Mbappe, who is set to become a free agent in just a few weeks time.
Madrid have long been confident of agreeing a deal to sign the France international, but Paris Saint-Germain are desperate to keep hold of their most prized asset and have not thrown in the towel yet.
If Mbappe changes his mind and commits his immediate future to his current employers, Madrid are unlikely to go away quietly. Florentino Perez seems determined to land a new Galactico this summer, and Salah could fill that role if Mbappe ultimately rejects the Spanish champions.
Madrid would clearly prefer to land the latter. He is six-and-a-half years younger than Salah and is available on a free transfer.
Yet Salah would not be a bad alternative, even though Madrid would not get as many seasons of service out of him.
PSG Could Be Looking For A New Superstar This Summer
Alternatively, Mbappe could join Real Madrid and PSG would then be on the lookout for a new superstar. They are not exactly short of big-name forwards, with Lionel Messi and Neymar already on the books.
There is already plenty of evidence that trying to create a footballing version of the Harlem Globetrotters is not the most effective way to win the Champions League. But there has been no evidence in recent years that PSG are ready to abandon their recruitment model.
At 8/1, they are arguably better value than Madrid in this market. Salah would certainly receive a huge salary if he agreed to move to the Parc des Princes, and that could make all the difference given his next contract will be the last big one of his career.
If PSG decide they want him, history suggests they would be willing to offer Liverpool whatever it takes to get a deal done.
To be clear, it is still a long shot. On the pitch, going from Liverpool to PSG is a step down, and Ligue 1 is far less appealing than the Premier League or La Liga. Stranger things have happened in football, though.
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Could Salah Join Another Premier League Club?
Salah has played for two Premier League clubs, but his association with Liverpool is now so strong that it is hard to see him playing for a third.
If the Egyptian does decide to leave Merseyside, it is likely to be so that he can embark on a new challenge in a different country.
Arsenal are nevertheless priced at 14/1 to sign Salah this summer, which seems far too short.
The Gunners are not even guaranteed Champions League football next term, and they will certainly not be challenging for the Premier League title. There is no reason why Salah would want to swap Liverpool for Arsenal right now.
Manchester City, at 18/1, will be challenging for major honours next season, but their rivalry with Liverpool precludes Salah joining Pep Guardiola’s side.
A return to Chelsea is not on the cards, while Newcastle United (18/1) are not yet in a position to compete for the signatures of the world’s best players, although they will certainly hope to be a few years down the line.
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