The New York Times journalist Rory Smith believes that Liverpool may want to sell Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane this summer, but doubts whether any club will be able to buy either of the wingers.
The attacking pair were in stunning form last season, scoring 37 league goals between them as Liverpool stormed to their first championship win in 30 years.
Despite this, Smith’s instinct tells him that the Reds would have been happy to offload one of them last year, and would be willing to do the same this summer. However, he feels that rival clubs are not in a position to pay the transfer fee that Liverpool will demand for their prized assets.
Speaking on the Football Daily podcast, Smith said: “I’m pretty sure, don’t know for certain, but my instinct is that either last summer or this summer Liverpool would have expected to sell either Mane or Salah for a huge amount of money to Spain, and that’s not going to happen either.
“So Abbas Issa, Salah’s agent, after Salah was taken off against Chelsea, put out that kind if cryptic tweet, and the stories that followed it were all, ‘is Salah going to go?’, ‘Is this the final straw for Salah?’. Who’s he going to? Who’s paying Liverpool the amount of money it would cost to sign Mohamed Salah?
“Barcelona have got a billion euros in debt. Real Madrid are trying to build a new stadium. There’s PSG, which is possible if PSG want to sign a 29-year-old Mohamed Salah, and he won’t go to another English club. There’s no market for these players.”