Liverpool are facing a world record £200million fight to hold on to magic man Mo Salah.
Real Madrid, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain all want the Egyptian strike ace.
His stunning goalscoring season for the Anfield outfit – with 37 goals in 43 matches for club and country – has alerted Europe’s big guns.
And it means Kop boss Jurgen Klopp will have to reject a world record offer to keep hold of his star asset.
Salah’s suitors saw how two months ago Liverpool had to accept the inevitable once Barca met their £145m valuation for Philippe Coutinho.
Now the same could apply with Salah, 25.
And Europe’s big three are convinced Anfield’s owners Fenway Sports Group would not be able to turn down an offer that would exceed the £198m PSG shelled out to land Neymar last summer.
Salah, who cost the Reds £34.3m from Roma in the summer, is being compared to Lionel Messi and his 28-goal Prem tally means he has scored three more league goals than the Argentine wizard.
Real will drop their interest in Chelsea’s Eden Hazard if they can nab Salah while Barca have already made noises about going for the Egyptian.
The question FSG must deal with is whether it would be better to keep Salah or cash in as they did with Coutinho.
- MO SALAH scores a goal every 85.5 minutes in the Premier League this season — making him the second deadliest marksman in Europe’s top five leagues. Only Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski hits the net more regularly than the Liverpool man (every 81.3 mins). However, Salah has the most league goals
- Salah is also on course for the most Prem goals in a 38-game season. The current record of 31 is held by Alan Shearer (1995-96), Cristiano Ronaldo (2007-08) and Luis Suarez (2013-14). With 0.93 goals per game (28 in 30) and seven PL matches left to play, Salah could finish on a record 35
- Salah has 36 goals in all comps — more than any Liverpool player in their debut season. Fernando Torres was the previous record-holder (33 in 2007-08)
Boss Klopp still has £70m at his disposal and a profit of £165m on Salah would allow him to rival both Manchester clubs in another summer of crazy spending.
Speaking after Salah’s four-goal haul against Watford on Saturday, Klopp said: “He played more on the wing for Roma, where he had a very dominant striker in Edin Dzeko.
“Nobody could know [that he could play as a striker]. We learned it step by step. We didn’t know exactly that he’s capable of playing in the centre.
“But we will not treat him like: ‘You don’t have to train, Mo – just come on Saturday for the game and we’ll see you there at Anfield or whatever.’
“He doesn’t want that. He’s in the moment of his career but he knows there is a lot for him to come. He wants to learn and he wants to improve.”
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