Questions around the future of Mohamed Salah persisted into the final hours of the Premier League’s transfer deadline day on September 1, 2023.
The Reds’ attacking star has long been linked with a possible move to the Saudi Pro League and, according to widespread reports in the UK, an offer worth £150 million / $189 million was made by Al Ittihad. Liverpool are said to have rejected the approach promptly, but it is not expected that the Saudi Arabian interest will go away that easily.
The extraordinary offer, which would have made Salah the third most expensive transfer of all time, would also likely include an astonishingly lucrative contract offer that would put Salah among the highest earners in a division that already includes stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and Karim Benzema on astronomical wages.
At present, it looks unlikely that Liverpool will sell their star forward, especially as they have no time to find a replacement in this transfer window. Yet this does not feel like a transfer story that is going to go away quickly, despite Salah being just a little over a year into his latest Liverpool contract.
Now that Jurgen Klopp has announced he will leave Liverpool at the end of the season, further questions around the future of his star attacker are likely to be raised.
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Mohamed Salah Liverpool contract, wages, salary
Liverpool announced Salah’s extension as a “long-term contract” but widespread reports confirmed it will run until the end of the 2024/25 campaign.
As per The Guardian, Salah’s representatives finally reached a compromise after a protracted negotiation, which sees him become the highest-paid player in the club’s history, with substantial goal and assist bonuses included.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) July 1, 2022
Salah’s previous £200,000 (€231,000/$240,000) weekly wage increased to just over £350,000 (€404,000/$424,000), according to Spotrac, with Kevin De Bruyne and Cristiano Ronaldo the only players breaking the £400,000-per-week mark in the Premier League at the time.
It means Salah’s salary is roughly £18.2 million / $22.9 million. Of course, that figure would likely be dwarfed by any contract on offer in the Saudi Pro League — indeed, The Mirror claimed Salah would earn more than nine times his Liverpool salary if he joined Al Ittihad.
Mohamed Salah age
As of September 1, 2023, Salah is 31 years old. He was born on June 15, 1992 in Nagrig, Egypt.
Salah’s age prompted quite the debate among fans as news of the Saudi offer spread. While Liverpool supporters would of course be sorry to see one of their greatest ever Premier League players depart, many pointed to the idea of rejecting a nine-figure offer for a forward in his early 30s to be borderline nonsensical.
Indeed, ‘He’s 31’ was trending on UK social media on deadline day last year.
Who is Mohamed Salah’s agent?
Salah’s agent is Ramy Abbas Issa, a man who caused quite the stir when his client’s contract was announced last year.
Instead of simply laying the good news on for their global fanbase, Issa opted for mischief.
Issa has previously come across as an unhelpful presence in terms of giving assurances over Salah’s future. Levels of trust in the agent are so low that all it took for Liverpool Twitter to lose its collective mind, albeit briefly, was him posting a crying laughing emoji.
He might have just watched a funny clip on YouTube, right? Well, not exactly. In March, when Reds boss Jurgen Klopp said “nothing new happened, everything is fine” with regards to Salah’s future, Issa tweeted several crying laughing emojis in response.
When Liverpool’s official account responded with a facepalm emoji, however, the rouse became apparent.
The Salah news was soon confirmed and gleefully received, while former Anfield favourite Jamie Carragher claimed he was in on the joke.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) July 1, 2022
“All Reds love your client, and if he is to leave next summer we will wish him well & say a big thank you. But we can do without this cryptic crap for the next 12 months! @MoSalah have a word!!” the ex-England defender tweeted.
When the cat was out of the bag, Carragher chimed in again. “We fooled them all chief,” he tweeted at Salah and Issa.
Carragher is not always a man noted for the length of his temper. So, was he part of the gag? That’s one for you to decide…
Liverpool all-time top goalscorers: Can Salah break record?
Salah became just the fifth Liverpool player to score 200 goals for the club in 2023/24, and his form suggests will add to his total of 204 substantially before the end of the season.
The Egypt star has been a sensation at Anfield since signing from Roma in 2017 and has won every trophy going with the Reds, with the exception of the Europa League — something he could rectify this season.
The three-time Premier League Golden Boot winner would have to play for many more years in Merseyside if he were to threaten the club record held by Ian Rush, however.
Liverpool all-time top goalscorers (all competitions)
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