Mohamed Salah close to signing new Liverpool deal, claims Gabby Agbonlahor
Posted by  badge Boss on Apr 13
Mohamed Salah believes he deserves a pay rise (Picture: Getty)

Gabby Agbonlahor says is close to signing a bumper contract extension at Liverpool which could cause divisions inside the Merseyside club.

Salah, 29, has been trying to thrash out a new deal with Anfield chiefs all season with his current contract set to run out next summer.

It is believed the sticking point to Salah’s extension centres on the Egyptian’s request for a significant pay rise which exceeds Liverpool’s current wage cap.

However, former forward Agbonlahor claims the Reds have given in to Salah’s salary demands of £400,000-a-week and believes they are making a mistake as it will lead to disharmony within the squad.

Speaking to , he said: ‘I think there’s going to be big problems at Liverpool because I’m hearing Salah is close to signing a very big contract of £400,000-a-week.

‘The problem with that and the reason that Liverpool are scared to give him that is because Mane will want similar, Van Dijk will want to renegotiate because he’s just signed a new contract.

Liverpool manager Klopp hopes to keep Salah beyond next summer (Picture: Getty)

‘When you go over the wage cap at a club the doors will open and other players are going to want increases.

‘It’s going to be very interesting and very expensive for Liverpool. It’s definitely a big problem.’

Since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017, Salah has emerged as one of Europe’s most clinical forwards.

In 174 matches for the Reds, he has scored 115 goals on his way to winning the Premier League title and the Champions League.

In recent years, Salah’s rise has sparked interest from European giants Barcelona and Real Madrid. However, with the two Spanish clubs in transition and Liverpool at the peak of their powers under Jurgen Klopp, he decided to stay put.

But according to reports, as he nears 30, the rapid winger is now looking for his last big contract and believes his salary at Liverpool should match what Europe’s other top players receive.

Agbonlahor thinks Salah is justified in wanting the same financial reward as the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar because he is performing at a level just as high as them.

He added: ‘But if I’m Mo Salah I’m asking for what I deserve. He will not even be close to what Neymar’s earning, what Lionel Messi’s earning and what Kylian Mbappe will be earning and he’s on par with them at the moment.

‘He will want to be paid what he deserves. He’s the top goalscorer in the Premier League, the best player in the Premier League. ‘Give me what I deserve, if there’s a wage cap that’s not my problem’.

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