Mohamed Salah next club betting: Saudi giants still lead the chase

The Mohamed Salah next club betting market never wants for attention, and even six years after joining Liverpool, the Egyptian superstar shows no signs of slowing up.

Salah has started the 2023/24 in fantastic form, scoring eight and setting up four in 11 Premier League games, alongside two Europa League goals. But this start will do nothing to deter interest in Salah from around the world, especially as he enters the final year of his contract in the next summer transfer window.

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Could Salah be looking for a new challenge?

Salah has had an incredible career at Liverpool. Now in his seventh season at Anfield, the 31-year-old has scored 195 goals and has 77 assists for the Reds. He has won everything there is to win at Liverpool: the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, League Cup and even the FIFA Club World Cup. 

Liverpool have improved from the nadir of Klopp’s reign during last season, but look fairly unlikely to compete for the very top honours, and recently suffered a humiliating 3-2 defeat to Toulouse in the Europa League. As such, he may be looking for something fresh if trophies aren’t immediately available.

Could Liverpool be forced to cash in?

The Reds are undergoing a heavy transition this season, with several key components of their dominant late 2010s/early 2020s side leaving for pastures new, such as Jordan Henderson, Fabinho and Roberto Firmino. An entirely new midfield trio of Szoboszlai, MacAllister and Gravenberch were brought in over the summer, as well as Endo. 

Work is still needed, as Liverpool are conceding far too many goals, desite Gravenberch generating a lot of hype. But with a self-funding model and a year out of the Champions League, the Reds may be forced to part ways with a true icon to fund their future.

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Current outrights for Mohamed Salah next club betting

Any Saudi club – 15/8

By far the most logical move, is one to one of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious and profligate spending clubs. From a business perspective, it does make sense. By the summer, Salah will turn 32 and have just one year left, so getting a decent price for a player in that situation is a rare opportunity, even if it is painful.

Al-Ittihad have already laid much of the groundwork, and formally made a £150m bid to Liverpool late in the most recent summer window, where he would’ve been reunited with former teammate Fabinho and linked up with Karim Benzema. But the bid was swiftly rejected. A Saudi club will certainly return for Salah, and can offer Liverpool the largest financial package.

Salah would earn incredible wages in the Middle East. Similarly sized star, Neymar, for example, is earning £2,650,000 per week at Al Hilal, on top of additional perks for him and his family to enjoy. This kind of money would set the Salah family up for generations.

But perhaps the biggest draw to Saudi Arabia for Salah is the opportunity to mark a potentially huge shift in football’s economy and geography: any side in the world would love to have the Egyptian, for him to go to Saudi Arabia would move the centre of footballing gravity further towards Saudi Arabia.

Liverpool also share a strong relationship with clubs in the Saudi Pro League, having sold Fabinho and Henderson there recently. Salah's former colleagues Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino also play in the gulf state.

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Real Madrid – 20/1

Real Madrid have rapidly emerged as a dark horse in the race to secure Salah’s services. Reports in recent days indicate that Los Merengues have finally given up trying to sign Kylian Mbappe after a saga lasting years.

Salah would represent a departure from their youth-first policy of recent years, but would guarantee performances. A move would also offer Salah the opportunity to add a few more big European trophies to his CV before returning to Egypt or eventually moving to Saudi Arabia.

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Barcelona – 33/1

Barcelona are likely monitoring Salah’s situation. The Catalans have made shrewd moves for elite older players with expiring contracts in recent summers, such as Gundogan and Lewandowski – Salah would fit the profile perfectly.

The greatest obstacle to overcome here is financial. Xavi’s club are infamously cash-strapped, and cannot match the financial firepower of great rivals Real Madrid, let alone the massive financial muscle of Saudi Arabia.

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