The Egyptian winger wants a huge pay increase to extend his contract beyond 2023.
Liverpool FC had a very quiet summer on the transfer front, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t been busy. Rather than focus on new signings, the LFC front office spent most of the summer working on signing the core of the squad to contract extensions in an effort to keep the most important pieces together.
Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, Alisson Becker, Fabinho, Virgil van Dijk, Harvey Elliott, and Jordan Henderson have all signed extended deals with the club, and now the attention is turning to Mohamed Salah.
Salah is currently signed through the 2022-23 season and is believed to be earning £200k-per-week on his current contract. While this makes him one of the highest-paid members of the squad, he is reportedly looking to become one of, if not the highest-paid player in the Premier League.
This is according to the Mirror, who claim Salah wants £500k-per-week to extend his contract. While Salah is an incredibly important member of the squad, scoring 127 goals in all competitions since signing with Liverpool, that number would make anyone balk.
A £500k contract would put Salah at more than double the wages of any of his teammates, and it would essentially blow up Liverpool’s carefully constructed wage structure. It’s hard to imagine LFC agreeing to that, but it’s especially hard to see them giving that much money to a 29-year-old winger.
While Salah is Liverpool’s biggest goal threat and arguably the face of the club, we have seen Liverpool take a hardline stance to preserve their wage structure on many occasions, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them do the same thing here if Salah really is expecting £500k-per-week.
Given the source of this story and the history of these stories being “leaked” as a negotiation tactic, it’s hard to get too worked up over this. However, it is something to keep an eye on over the next year or so if Liverpool and their Egyptian star are unable to agree on terms to keep him at Anfield beyond 2023.