Liverpool striker Mohammed Salah has been reported to want increased wages of up to 400,000 £ a week so as to sign a contract extension with the Reds.
The Telegraph is reporting that it is going to take something in the range of £400k per week to retain the services of Salah who is keen to stay at the club.
A deal of that size will blow the current wage structure out of the water and will mean the Egyptian is paid far more than any other player who puts on the red shirt of Liverpool.
The 29-year-old has taken his game to new levels this season and has scored ten goals so far in all competitions. It is not only the number of goals Salah is scoring but also the quality of the goals.
The last two strikes were fabulous individual efforts against rivals Manchester City and Watford that could well be the top two when it comes to October’s goal of the month competition.
The impact on other players therefore will be one factor being considered during negotiations as well as the size of the already hefty wage bill.
Alisson Becker, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and skipper Jordan Henderson all signed lucrative new deals during the summer which has pushed the fixed salaries paid by the club to new levels.
If he was allowed to leave, there would be uproar amongst supporters, likely to be aimed at owners FSG.
Should he explore other options, Salah will be able to earn more elsewhere but it’s doubtful he will want to give up the adulation of his adoring Anfield faithful for money.
Therefore, for the deal to get done, it’s going to need compromise on both sides as there are increasing rumors that Spanish giants Real Madrid are in hot pursuit.
By Shadrack Andenga Odinga