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Mohamed Salah's future set to be resolved after contract talks take a turn

Contract talks between Salah and Liverpool have stalled with the Egyptian's financial demands initially rejected out of hand by Anfield chiefs.

Mohamed Salah is in prime form (Peter Byrne/PA)

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool are "increasingly confident" of handing the club's fans the ultimate Christmas gift - by striking a deal to keep Mohamed Salah at the club.

Contract talks between Salah and Liverpool have stalled with the Egyptian's financial demands initially rejected out of hand by Anfield chiefs.

Yet talks are underway over a structured deal that will include a big 'signing on' fee for Salah and a bumper pay rise.

With the player keen to stay at Liverpool eager to get the deal over the line for a star man whose contract is due to expire in the summer of 2023, there is a growing confidence agreement can be reached.

Now Liverpool will hope to iron out the fine details in the deal, with an announcement possible as early as next month.

"If he wants too much money and Liverpool can't afford it, they'll have to let him go," former Liverpool winger Steve McManaman told sundayword.com.

"If he wants half a million a week, that won't happen at Liverpool, but you would hope he wants something the club can afford and if that's the case, then I'd expect him to stay.

"You can't go ballistic paying wages to try and compete with PSG or Man City because they are in a different world financially.

"Someone else will be up next (for contract talks) and we've seen situations where one player gets a huge pay rise and then the next star player is upset and wants the same. It causes chaos in the team. You have to try and keep lid on it somewhere.

"We have just come out of a pandemic and every big club has lost well over £100million and you can't just go mad like that.

"Yes pay him what he's worth, I have no problem with that. He is a brilliant player, pay him what he's worth. But if he wants double his wages, you can't do that. You have to be sensible, especially in these difficult financial times."


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