Barcelona have been once again linked with Mohamed Salah this week after Blaugrana coach Xavi expressed his interest in the Liverpool winger. With just 18 months left on his current contract, Salah could begin attracting further interest from teams across Europe despite turning 30 at the end of the current campaign.
Even if Xavi is interested in signing Salah, it remains to be seen if Barcelona would have the finances to sign the Egyptian. Moreover, Barcelona’s current state may not attract Salah to the Camp Nou.
Still, there is growing worry from Liverpool supporters that Salah will leave Anfield in 2023 — or even in the summer of 2022. Salah recently spoke during an interview in Egypt about his contract situation.
“The decision is in the hands of the management and they have to solve this issue,” Salah said.
“There is no problem but we have to reach an agreement for the contract. It’s up to them.
“Your financial value shows how much the club appreciates you and that they are ready to do anything for you to stay, but the decision itself is not based on those financial matters only.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp weighed in on Salah’s contract during his Champions League press conference on Tuesday.
“We are talking,” Klopp explained. “You don’t just meet for a cup of tea in the afternoon and come to an agreement.”
According to SI.com, Salah earns £10.4 million a season for a weekly wage of £200,000. He is second behind Virgil van Dijk, who earns £220,000 per week. Meanwhile, Thiago is level on salary with Salah at £200,000 a week.
If Salah were to get the pay rise he is battling for, it would make him the highest-earning player in club history.
As it stands, Salah’s contract expires in the summer of 2023. He has scored 19 goals in 20 matches in all competitions this season. Salah has also added nine assists, making the creation of goals a new part of his game.
Barcelona have poached Liverpool players in recent seasons with Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho both going to Camp Nou with differing results.
“I read what was said about Xavi’s interest to sign me,” Salah said in response to Barcelona’s interest.
“This is something that makes me happy that a team like Barcelona is interested in me, but I’m happy in Liverpool and we will see what happens in the future.
“At the moment, I prefer to stay in the Premier League as it’s the strongest league in the world.”
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