Egyptian King Mohamed Salah reportedly wants a hefty £500,000-a-week to sign a new contract with Liverpool. The 29-year-old has 2 years remaining on his current deal, worth £200,000-per-week.
After 99 Premier League goals, he wants terms that better reflect his contributions on the pitch. Jurgen Klopp’s side have handed out a number of contract extensions over the summer, with Ibrahima Konate being the only purchase. However, the terms reported would fall outside the club’s business model.
Currently, Salah is the second highest-earner alongside Thiago. Van Dijk claims the top spot £220,000-per-week. The winger has proven to be an indispensable asset since arriving at Anfield in 2017. Negotiations could step up in the coming months.
Salah in conference with Liverpool
According to reports, Liverpool are ready to offer Egypt international a pay raise. Yet, the raise is nowhere in the region being demanded by the player’s entourage. Salah is already a high-earner at Liverpool. Giving in to the £500,000-a-week could badly upset the club’s wage structure.
It looks unlikely that Liverpool will bow to such demands having refused a new deal to the 30-year-old Georginio Wijnaldum due to his age. They have however recently agreed on new contracts with a host of first-team stars, including Virgil van Dijk, Alisson and skipper Jordan Henderson.
Speaking his future back in December, Salah : “That’s a tough question, but right now, I can say that everything is in the hands of the club,”. He went on to express his desire to break all club records, but any further decisions was in the club’s hands.
Salah will more than have to lower his demands in order to pen an extension. Liverpool do not appear prepared to shatter their wage structure.
The 29-year-old has been absolutely scintillating for the Reds, scoring 127 goals and assisting a further 49 in 206 appearances since making his move from Roma in July 2017.
The Egyptian has been in impressive form at club level this term as well. In 3 appearances, he found the back of the net on 2 occasions and added another 2 assists.