Apparently....the Spanish press knows LFC business better than anyone. LMFAO"According to reports in Spain (via Sportsmole), Liverpool are ready to offer Salah a new five-year deal worth a colossal £22.4m a year in wages, roughly equal to £431k-a-week..........Recent speculation suggested that the Reds have set an eye-watering asking price to ward off interest from Real Madrid and Juventus, believed to be around €180million.https://www.teamtalk.com/news/liverpool-prepare-record-breaking-five-year-deal-for-71-goal-star
Question: Does every media outlet in Spain do the bidding of Real Madrid and Barca?
Like in this case...an obvious attempt to drive a financial wedge between Salah and LFC.....aka ....laying some ground work for future snatch attempts?
Ignoring the pot stirring attempt and just looking at these bloated numbers at their face value, I have to ask why LFC would feel compelled to go all in on Mo given his current terms, length of contract, and transfer price.
As sensational as he was in 2017-18 in his first PL season, Mo came somewhat back to earth netting 17 non-penalty kick goals.
2017-18 Mo is worthy of such a gargantuan salary, 2018-19 MO....not so much. Truthfully, PL teams managed to contain him and essentially took his left boot away from him. Factor in his struggles maintaining possession and his high turnover rate.
If I'm LFC, I'd want to rate his third LFC season before going all in.
Personally, I see an exceptionally driven player but not a generational talent.
I hope I'm wrong
Other factors: VvD's contract expectations.
Can LFC pay both as rarified talents? Probably.
I wouldn't. Unlike in 2017-18, this past season Mo wasn't beating his man.
VvD doesn't get beaten
That being said, I'm sure LFC has quantified the global off field value of Mo Salah and the business of marketing is a major revenue component. Fenway Sports revels in such extra income opportunities. Refer to the Boston Red Sox and their 162 games a year star driven TV broadcasts that get 24/7/365 coverage on Fenway Groups privately owned TV network. (Their over the top marketing is sickening to many diehard fans)
Fun to discuss....but likely more fake news designed to compete with the thousands of bogus rumors floated this time of year to gain desperate clicks.
My personal favorite..."Klopp getting evicted"