Liverpool’s difficult title defence has sparked talk of major changes at the Premier League champions, who have struggled to build on a drought-breaking title win last season and look in huge danger of missing out on Champions League football this term.
The club’s fabled front three have failed to hit the heights expected and their fortunes reached a new nadir following a 1-0 loss to Fulham last weekend, the Reds losing for the sixth successive fixture on home soil for the first time in their long history.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have looked toothless in attack and have failed to score in five of those defeats, their solitary effort having come from the penalty spot in a 4-1 home humbling by champions elect Manchester City.
Mohamed Salah’s future has now become a huge talking point, the winger’s early substitution with the club trailing against Chelsea last week unsurprisingly greeted with an unhappy reaction.
Salah spoke only months ago about his happiness with life on Merseyside, but has that all changed and could the Reds now look to cash in on the Premier League’s leading scorer this summer?
So for those who follow the odds and are interested in the best new customer offers from leading bookies, here are the bookmakers five favourites to sign Mohamed Salah:
Manchester City – 25/1
Manchester City have been priced at 25/1 fifth favourites to sign Salah from their Premier League rivals, in what would represent a stunning switch for the Egyptian international.
Liverpool and City have directly competed for the game’s biggest prizes in recent seasons, tussling for both the Premier League and Champions League to develop a very modern rivalry.
City are in need of attacking reinforcements this summer with the future of Sergio Aguero uncertain, the club’s all-time record goalscorer seemingly set to exit at the end of his contract following a campaign hindered by injury and illness.
No player has been directly involved in more Premier League goals than Salah since his arrival on Merseyside in 2017, though it would be a shock of huge proportions were Liverpool to allow the 28-year-old to leave for a direct rival.
The odds of 25/1 seem a little short for this one.
Bayern Munich – 16/1
Bayern Munich have been public in their praise of Salah in recent months with club chief, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, having admitted it would be an ‘honour’ to sign the forward after describing the Liverpool star as the ‘Messi of Africa’.
Rummenigge admitted that the Bundesliga champions don’t currently have any plans to sign Salah, but going public with his admiration for the player certainly stirred up the transfer talk.
Bayern are arguably the finest side in world football right now following a historic treble-winning season last term, and the prospect of Salah linking up with the likes of Robert Lewandowski is a tantalising one for the neutrals.
Bayern, however, appear well stocked for wide forwards with Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry amongst their options and it remains to be seen whether the German giants would commit a huge fee to the Egyptian international
Barcelona – 9/1
Barcelona are in dire need of inspiration following a woeful period for the Spanish side, their financial trouble and faltering on-pitch fortunes having contributed to a turbulent time at the Camp Nou.
Lionel Messi’s future remains a huge talking point with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner able to walk away on a free transfer at the end of the season, having informed the club of his desire to leave during last year’s summer window.
Salah would represent a high-quality replacement should the Argentine depart with stylistic similarities between the pair, each prolific goalscorers and fine dribblers who prefer cutting inside from the right onto stronger left foots.
Barcelona are in the midst of their presidential elections at present and it remains to be seen what direction the newly elected chief decides to take the club, though the signing of Salah would certainly be a statement of intent ahead of a new era in Catalonia.
Paris Saint-Germain – 8/1
Paris Saint-Germain are ranked as joint-favourites to sign Salah this summer, the French champions one of the few clubs in world football with the resources to make Liverpool an attractive offer.
Like Barcelona, the Parisians are currently dealing with the threat of their leading light walking away, with Kylian Mbappe yet to commit to a new deal and set to enter the final year of his contract at the Parc des Princes this summer.
Mbappe is arguably the most valuable asset in world football and allowing him to enter the final year of that deal would represent a huge risk for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, a failure to sign a new deal perhaps leading to his sale this summer with Europe’s elite – including Liverpool – reportedly monitoring developments.
The signing of Salah would provide PSG with another superstar name to add to their forward contingent, whilst Pochettino is well aware of the winger’s threat having witnessed his goalscoring prowess first hand in the Premier League.
Pochettino suffered Champions League heartache when a Salah-inspired Liverpool beat his Tottenham team in the 2019 final, and the Argentine could now look to the Egyptian to help PSG conquer Europe for the very first time.
Real Madrid – 8/1
Real Madrid have long held an interest in the Premier League’s brightest talents, the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso, Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard amongst the names to have departed England for the bright lights of the Bernabeu.
Salah could now be the next star attraction tempted by the glitz and glamour of Europe’s most successful club, the 13-time winners of the Champions League holding a unique allure when it comes to the game’s biggest names.
Madrid are far from in a strong financial situation but have reportedly made funds available this summer, their project in need of a revamp after falling adrift of rivals Atletico so far this season.
Zinedine Zidane’s side remain reliant on the veteran Karim Benzema for goals, Casemiro’s six goals the next highest figure behind the Frenchman’s 18 across all competitions this season.
Salah has scored a staggering 118 goals in 190 appearances for Liverpool and could be the perfect solution to Los Blancos need for star power and guaranteed goals.