According to a report, Juventus could capitalise on Mohamed Salah Liverpool contract standoff by tabling a mammoth financial package for the attacker to bring him in on a free transfer.
Salah’s current deal at Anfield is due to expire in June 2023, and talks remain impasse because owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) are unwilling to meet the Egyptian’s wage demands to be over £400,000 per week.
The Reds’ highest earner is Virgil van Dijk on around £250,000 per week, and FSG does not want to break their wage structure to such an extent, while Sadio Mane could demand a similar figure as his contract expires at the same time.
According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, the situation has piqued Juventus’ interest. They could look to tempt the 29-year-old – who will be 31 by his Liverpool deal expires – to Turin with a substantial financial package.
Juventus is ‘working’ on a four-year deal for the attacker worth £10 million per season, with some significant funds, freed up following the news that Paulo Dybala will leave in the summer having disagreed on a new contract himself.
Despite his persistent injury problems, the Argentine earned £8.5m per year, including bonuses. The club is also set to benefit from lower taxes in Italy.
Salah has previously plied his trade in Serie A with Fiorentina and Roma. Still, it remains to be seen whether a return to Italy would be his preference if he does walk away from Anfield at the end of his contract.
Salah’s manager Jurgen Klopp and the player himself have recently insisted the ball is in the other’s court.
Speaking about the possibility of dressing room unrest due to the situation last week.
Klopp said: “I don’t have to remind any player – and not Mo – of that. No chance.
“Mo Salah is not a guy for that, not at all. His mood decreases if I don’t line him up [in the team]. That is possible, but [it’s] not against the team.
“During this season, everyone has put Everything into it, we could have some players who don’t play often enough and aren’t in the excellent squad, and they could create a bad atmosphere.
“They don’t have any. They are not going to do so. For this season, the club has made a firm commitment.
“And then we will talk about the rest – future, immediate, further.”
He added: “Everything is fine. I’m not aware of any reaction or anything like that. So that is not a concern of mine.
“It’s just I think it’s how it should be in the moment. But, of course, the decisive parties are in contact, and the rest we will see.”
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