Jamie Carragher says that the Egyptian superstar has “Missed the boat” in regards to a potential future transfer to another elite European club.
Liverpool’s poor season as defending champions has caused the inevitable conversations to begin. Who needs to leave? Who wants to leave? Who should we buy?
Mohamed Salah has been the obvious focus of these discussions, as his form has remained consistent throughout the campaign, but Jamie Carragher says that Liverpool fans shouldn’t be too worried about the Egyptian moving any time soon.
Salah turns 29 in June, and Carragher insists that his age will be the determining factor in how many bids Liverpool will receive for the winger.
“I think he’ll (Salah) be there (at Liverpool) for the next few years. I think he’s in a similar position to Harry Kane,” he said on Robbie Fowler’s podcast.
“They’re possibly the two best goal scorers in the Premier League right now.
“They’re at an age where no-one is going to pay big money for them.
“I think they’ve probably missed the boat if they ever did want to go; whether that is to a Real Madrid or a Barcelona. Whether it’s Harry Kane going to Man Utd or Man City.
“For both of those players, I think you’re talking £120m plus, maybe more, and I just don’t think anyone will spend that much on players of that age now.”
Salah has arguably been the best winger in Europe for the past 3 seasons, but his peak years came at a relatively late stage in his career, and other attackers are now on the radar of the continent’s biggest clubs.
Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland will have interesting stories in the upcoming transfer market, with Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, and Manchester City all looking to secure the signatures of football’s hottest young talent, and the Liverpool legend says that they will draw much more attention due to their age.
“I think they’d look more at paying £200m for Mbappe because of the longevity,’ said Carragher.
“It’s maybe the same for Haaland as well, they’d get so much more out of those two.”