Salah Told to snub big-money transfer away from Liverpool
Mohamed Salah should sign a new contract and stay at Liverpool due to the lack of viable alternatives, according to Darren Bent.
Salah is in the form of his life with Liverpool, having scored 15 goals and registered five assists in 12 games so far this season.
The Egyptian forward hit new heights last weekend when he scored a hat-trick in the Reds’ 5-0 thrashing of Manchester United at Old Trafford.
However, his future in Jurgen Klopp’s side is under some scrutiny, with the two parties yet to reach an agreement over a new contract for the 29-year-old.
Reports have suggested Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa wants £500,000 per week for his client, a huge increase on his current deal, which is set to expire in June 2023.
Salah has previously been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona, but Bent, who scored 106 Premier League goals in his career, believes the in-form attacker would be best served by staying put.
“Do you know what he has on his side as well? There aren’t too many places he can go,” he said on talkSPORT.
“You look at Barcelona or Real Madrid; neither of them are in any sort of financial state.
“I know they bid something crazy for Kylian Mbappe, but that looks like who they are set on getting. They are in a rebuild.”
Both of the Spanish giants are currently beset by huge debts, meaning the funding for Salah could prove difficult to raise.
While he is scoring in almost every game, Salah holds all the cards in contract negotiations, but it remains to be seen if the club can come to an agreement with their star player.
Former Tottenham striker Bent doesn’t think the grass will be greener elsewhere, were Salah to run down his contract or leave in a big-money transfer in 2022.
“Liverpool are massive,” Bent said. “Where would you rather go right now?
“When you talk about the biggest clubs in the world right now, in terms of who could go on and win the Champions League, I think of Liverpool, Chelsea, City, PSG, Bayern.
“If Barca or Real came in for me right now and I’m at Liverpool, I would stay where I am.”
Thoughts of new contracts will be put on hold temporarily when Liverpool host Brighton in the Premier League on Saturday.
Liverpool are the only unbeaten side left in the league, but trail leaders Chelsea by one point heading into gameweek 10.
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