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laporta back Barcelona elect their new President and it could have an impact on Mo Salah's future

Doubts have emerged over the future of Liverpool's leading scorer


Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (Peter Byrne/PA)

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah (Peter Byrne/PA)

Joan Laporta is to return to Barcelona after sweeping to victory in the club’s presidential election, receiving 54.28 per cent of the vote as he saw off competition from Victor Font and Antoni Freixa - and the outcome could have an impact on Mohamed Salah's future at Liverpool.

Laporta’s initial stint for a period of seven years until June 2010 was a remarkable success as the Catalan giants went all the way in the Champions League on two occasions, while they also claimed four La Liga titles.

His first tenure coincided with Lionel Messi becoming one of the world’s best players and among the most pressing concerns in Laporta’s in-tray will be to convince the Argentinian to remain at Barca beyond the end of the season.

Messi’s contract expires in the summer and he has cast doubt over whether he will sign a new deal – although the club’s superstar forward was one of the 55,611 people who voted to decide the new president.

Yet if Messi does leave Barcelona on a free transfer at the end of this season, there have been suggestions that Salah is one of the leading names on Laporta's wish list to replace him.

Salah's future at Liverpool has been shrouded in mystery in recent months, with the player's agent fuelling those rumours with a cryptic tweet after the Egyptian was substituted by Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp in last Thursday's 1-0 home defeat against Chelsea, with his simple full stop tweet leading many to conclude it may have the final breaking point for his client at Anfield.

Salah has yet to comment on rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona, but he has suggested he is an admirer of the Catalan club and Liverpool goal scoring great John Aldridge suggests the exit of Liverpool's talisman may not be a bad move for the Anfield club as they look to rebuild after an alarming slump in form.

"We are now at a point where you wonder where this is going to end, with the Salah substitution evidence that Klopp is desperately scrambling to solve his crisis," said Aldridge as he summed up Liverpool's slump that continued on Sunday with a sixth successive home defeat against Fulham.

"Salah’s decision to speak to a Spanish newspaper in December suggesting he was a big admirer of Real Madrid and Barcelona, followed by the appearance of his mate on TV saying his pal wasn’t happy at Liverpool must have set a few alarm bells ringing.

"Throw in his muted goal celebrations since then and Klopp’s decision to leave him out of a few games and you have a chain of events that will create a few headlines.

"His agent also sent out a cryptic tweet as soon as Salah was substituted the other night, so it would be no massive surprise if pushes for a move this summer.

"From what we saw in the January transfer window, Liverpool don’t have the finances to spend big in the transfer market.

"So they might need to sell before they can buy ahead of next season and while I don’t know if this is realistic, let’s imagine a scenario that sees Salah leaving for big money and Erling Haaland coming in from Borussia Dortmund.

"It would be sad to see Salah leave but something new is needed and it may need a sale to generate the money to freshen things up."


FC Barcelona elect Joan Laporta as club President once again REUTERS/Albert Gea

FC Barcelona elect Joan Laporta as club President once again REUTERS/Albert Gea

FC Barcelona elect Joan Laporta as club President once again REUTERS/Albert Gea

Laporta received 30,184 votes in the Barcelona elections, with Font taking 16,679 and Freixa 4,769.

Laporta therefore takes over from Josep Maria Bartomeu, who resigned in October along with his board of directors.

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