Mohamed Salah might have to consider his options as he continues to consider his future in light of the epic deal Liverpool has arranged to sign Darwin Nunez.
The speed with which Liverpool lined up Darwin Nunez to take Sadio Mane’s position has been nothing short of astounding. Liverpool have recently gained a reputation for doing shrewd business in the transfer market.
Mane, one of the Reds’ most important players, made it apparent that he was keen to leave Anfield with just a year left on his contract after the club’s management was unable to agree to a lucrative new contract to keep him at Merseyside.
But instead of pouting at the thought of losing one of Jurgen Klopp’s most dependable assistants, Liverpool have instead signed one of Europe’s most sought-after attackers to fill the vacuum Mane will leave once his drawn-out transfer to Bayern Munich is completed.
With add-ons in the record-breaking deal for Nunez, the Reds have broken their transfer record, pushing the total price for the hotshot Uruguayan to almost £85 million—a really astronomical sum.
Nunez’s wage demands, though, are said to fit into Liverpool’s existing pay structure, so the Reds are apparently willing to spend a fortune on him. This fact should cause Mohamed Salah to pause.
The Egyptian wizard is currently in the final year of his current contract with the Reds, the same as Mane.
The 29-year-old has vowed not to leave Anfield this summer, but negotiations for a new contract have halted because of his enormous salary demands, which are said to be in the neighborhood of £400,000 per week.
Salah may be the crown jewel of Liverpool, but Mane is the best illustration that the Reds won’t be held to ransom. The former Chelsea player should be aware of this.
Even a year ago, it seemed inconceivable that Salah’s partner in crime would take a similar attitude, yet he is now leaving the club. Salah, on the other hand, experienced heartache with Egypt.
His country lost the Africa Cup of Nations final to Sadio Mane’s Senegal on penalties, and then experienced the same result when the two nations faced off in a play-off to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar this year.
Even though Mane’s departure from the Reds is “sad,” legendary player Jamie Carragher emphasized that the team needed to “refresh their front line.”
He said to Sky Sports: “When Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp spend a lot, they almost always hire the right people.
The amounts we’re discussing are what they spent on Van Dijk and the goalie, and they made a significant difference.
Due to the advancing age of the front three, who have been absolutely outstanding for Liverpool over the past four or five years, Liverpool currently needs to replace its front line.”
“It is painful to see it split up in some ways, but it had to end sooner or later.
Now that Sadio Mane is ready to move on, Liverpool had to act, and they’ve chosen him.
If Salah believes he can hold the Reds to ransom because he is irreplaceable at Anfield, he may want to reconsider.
Liverpool have been able to find a top-quality replacement for Mane, so it should not be lost on Salah.”