Duncan Castles has said that Liverpool would sell Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane if the attacking duo made it clear to Jurgen Klopp that they wanted to leave this summer.
This comes from Castles‘ Transfer Window Podcast. He claims that the Reds have made it clear that they would be open to selling any two of their pedigreed front-three if either player didn’t want to remain on Merseyside.
Both Salah and Mane have had long-term admirers across Europe, in recent years, after all, particularly from Spain.
And Castles says that if push came to shove and either player wanted their talents to be utilised elsewhere, Liverpool and Klopp wouldn’t stand in their way.
“That front three, you’ve got three players who are in their late 20s, you’ve got two in particular in Sadio Mane and Mo Salah who have an interest in playing in Spain before they end their careers, who in normal circumstances at this point would be trying to get moves to Barcelona and Real Madrid with the idea that they’d get huge contracts there and that those clubs would pay substantial transfer fees for them,” Castles said.
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“Liverpool, strategically, have made it clear that they’re open to allowing those players to leave if they don’t have the motivation and desire to stay at the club and the financial deals are in place for them to make substantial profits on them and to reinvest in the team.”
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For one, both players, who were signed by Klopp for an identical £34 million fee each, are contracted until at least 2023, which means Liverpool are in no immediate position to sell.
Moreover, if the club did choose to sanction a deal then it would certainly take an astronomical amount of money to pride Mane or Salah away from Anfield.
Let’s not forget the influence of the global pandemic, too. While Barcelona and Madrid have flexed their muscles financially in the past, the reality is that the Spanish top-flight has been badly hurt by the recent economic crisis.
This was laid bare for all to see in the Champions League knockout stages this month, with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla all on the precipice of falling out of the competition.
Yes, there has been a lot of talk in regards to Liverpool finding alternative long-term replacements to come into the front-three, but the pandemic has limited the club’s resources to do so.
With that said, it’s becoming an increasingly likely scenario that Liverpool will maintain the world-class attacking services of Mane and Salah – at least for another year.