Liverpool are reportedly planning to make superstar Mohamed Salah the highest paid player in the Premier League by offering a £430,000-a-week contract.
As per a report from The Sun, which cites sources from Spain, reigning European champions Liverpool are set to hand star attacker Mohamed Salah a bumper new contract worth £430,000 per week, which would make him the best-paid player in the Premier League.
Salah joined Liverpool from Serie A outfit AS Roma in the summer of 2017 in a £36.1 million deal and has been a scintillating addition to the Reds’ squad. In his first season with Jurgen Klopp’s side, the Egyptian attacker bagged 44 goals in all competitions, winning the Premier League Golden Boot and breaking a number of records along the way.
The 2018-19 campaign may not have been at the same level as his first season, but Salah still finished with 27 goals and 13 assists in all competitions, winning the Premier League Golden Boot once again and helping Liverpool to UEFA Champions League success.
Salah’s exploits over the past couple of years with Liverpool had seen him generate some interest from La Liga giants Real Madrid earlier this summer. While the rumours have died down ever since the Merengues splashed the cash to sign Eden Hazard from Chelsea, Liverpool want to protect Salah from any overtures from Real in the future.
To that end, the reigning European champions are set to open contract talks with Salah. Liverpool had handed the 27-year-old Egyptian a new contract in July last year, tying him down at the club till 2023. And, as per the aforementioned report, the Merseyside giants are set to offer Salah an additional year on his current contract, but with improved wages.
The new contract, as per the report, would see Salah bag a salary of £22.4 million-a-year which would come down to a weekly wage of £430,000. This would make the Egyptian international the highest-paid footballer in the Premier League, eclipsing the monumental wages Alexis Sanchez is on at Manchester United.
Since joining Liverpool two years ago, Salah has been the difference-maker for Klopp’s side on a consistent basis. And securing his long-term future at the club would be the right move from the club’s perspective, although the salary mentioned could lead to a lopsided wage structure, causing some degree of unrest within the dressing room.
Salah is currently recovering from Egypt’s failed tilt at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, as they crashed out of the competition at the hands of South Africa in the Round of 16. It now remains to be seen if there is any truth to these reports of a new contract at Liverpool.