Liverpool had a decision to make on two of their legendary front three last summer. Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah had just one year left on their respective contracts to run and with the pair aged 30 or more, the Anfield club had to make an emotionless decision for the sake of their future as a team.
Eventually, Mane was sold to Bayern Munich with the money reinvested in signing Darwin Nunez from Benfica. Salah, however, was granted a contract extension with the Egyptian who received a weekly salary of £350,000. Almost 12 months later, Liverpool’s decision on Salah has come under intense scrutiny.
Salah has been a shadow of himself this season. There were flashes of his former brilliance, such as in the 7-0 demolition of Manchester United when Salah scored twice and provided two assists, but the 30-year-old struggled to replicate his stunning form from the last years.
Recent reports indicate that Salah could leave Merseyside for just one season after putting pen to paper on a new deal. According to a report, the Egyptian is concerned about Liverpool’s dramatic decline in form this season and could consider his future at the club with no shortage of suitors keen to sign him this summer.
Paris Saint-Germain could be looking for a new striker with Lionel Messi out of contract at the end of the season and Neymar reportedly set to leave Parc des Princes. Salah would fit the bill for the French giants who will rebuild this summer to target the Champions League again next season.
Barcelona and Real Madrid have also been mentioned as suitors for Salah in the past, with the Egyptian said to like the idea of playing in Spain. Barca may not have the financial freedom to strike a deal for Salah this summer, but Real Madrid could use a world-class striker on the right side of their frontline.
There have been signs this season of an agreement between Salah, Nunez and Cody Gakpo who joined Liverpool from PSV Eindhoven in the January transfer window. Jurgen Klopp is facing a rebuilding of his squad, but he might feel he already has a front three capable of carrying the Reds.
However, Liverpool could be tempted to cash in on a 30-year-old who certainly looks to be on the start of a career decline if a suitable offer is made this summer. And Salah, if reports are to be believed, could be open to a new challenge. Both sides could face another tough decision this summer.