• Barça thinks of the Egyptian from Liverpool as another interesting option to strengthen the lead before the difficulties in signing the ‘killer’ from Borussia Dortmund

Salah, alternative to Haaland

FC Barcelona is working conscientiously with a view to reinforcing the squad for next season and is focusing its efforts on two open fronts: control the free-agent market to make a leap in quality and incorporate a proven top-level scorer. Among the players who are ending their contracts, progress is being made in a very positive way in the incorporation of midfielder Franck Kessié (AC Milan), right back Noussair Mazraoui (Ajax) and defenders Andreas Christensen and César Azpilicueta (both from Chelsea), while the A great objective to reinforce the forward is Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) but his signing aims to be something more complicated.

Manchester City seems to have taken the lead in the bid to sign the coveted attacker, and even Real Madrid is also trying to convince the Norwegian to form a fearsome attack with Mbappé for next summer. It should not be forgotten that Barça estimated the cost of Haaland’s operation at around 250 million euros between the transfer, salary, and commissions, a very high amount considering the financial health of the Barça club.

Given the difficulties that arise due to the signing of Haaland, at the Camp Nou they are evaluating alternatives to signing him and one of the names that are on the list of future prospects is that of Mohamed Salah, a 29-year-old striker from Liverpool. Despite the fact that he is an idol at Anfield, Salah ends his contract in the summer of 2023 and the negotiations to renew his contract have been stalled in recent times, so there is strong speculation about a hypothetical departure of the talented attacker at the end of the season.

While it is true that Salah is focused on finishing the season at a good level in England, the possibility of a change of scenery is on the table. Currently, Salah earns a clean 12 million euros per season and hopes to sign his last big contract. Liverpool wants to make him the best-paid player in its history, but they also don’t want to break the salary scale currently led by Van Dijk. Salah isn’t your classic goalscoring striker, but that hasn’t stopped him from being the Premier League’s top scorer in 2018 and 2019.

At Barça, they know that the signing of Salah would not be an easy operation, since Liverpool would also ask for an important transfer, but at the Barça club they trust in being able to release some high-ranking players from the squad -Coutinho, Dembélé, Sergi Roberto, Umtiti, Neto or Braithwaite- to be able to have a margin when executing signings in the summer. All this while waiting for the injection of millions in sponsorships and collaboration agreements that are expected to close in the following weeks. Salah can be a good alternative for the culé attack, but the priority is still Haaland.

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