Report: Barcelona really want to sign £34m Liverpool player, they think he's their best option

As we slowly start to move towards the summer transfer window, rumours are swirling around Liverpool.

From claims that Kylian Mbappe has explored a move to Anfield, to suggestions that Virgil van Dijk could leave. It’s set to be a busy time for the Reds after Jurgen Klopp leaves.

Perhaps the most tedious of all those sagas is the discussion over Mohamed Salah’s future. Salah has been excellent again for Liverpool this season but the suggestions that it’s his last at the club haven’t gone away.

Largely, that talk has centred on the possibility of the Egyptian moving to the Saudi Pro League. However, Mundo Deportivo today report that Salah is actually being looked at by Barcelona.

The La Liga giants are said to be looking for a wide forward and have reportedly identified Liverpool’s No.11 as the absolute best option on either wing.

However, as much as they love Mo, there’s a problem. Barcelona simply cannot afford to sign him. Instead, they are claimed to be more realistically looking at Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia of Napoli

Barca priced out of Salah move
There was a time when a Liverpool player being linked with Barcelona would have sent fear coursing through every supporter.

When Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez heard a whiff of interest from Catalonia, for example, they couldn’t wait to jump ship. It felt like the Reds simply couldn’t compete.

Fast forward just a few short years though, and the landscape is now very different.

Given their financial situation, Barca are hardly really a threat anymore. There can’t be a person alive who seriously thinks that they can afford Salah right now.

At one time, that may not have even mattered. Such was the pull of the Camp Nou, they could attract the best players around despite their accounts being in a bit of a mess.

But now, they don’t really have a whole lot going for them. Fourth in La Liga and set to be without a manager this summer, they can no longer even wheel out Lionel Messi as a big old carrot. There’s been talk that they could even lose hot prospect Lamine Yamal to the Reds.

They’ll surely be back at some stage, but for the time being Barcelona are not at the top, top table of European football. .

It could of course be argued that neither are Liverpool just now. Set to lose Klopp, uncertainty surrounds their future as a superpower on the continent.

Nevertheless, Anfield is still by far and away a better place for Salah to be. The £34m man may end up being lost to Saudi Arabia, but that’s a whole different story. He’s not going to Barcelona.


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