Real Madrid ‘plotting £126million transfer’ of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah… IF they can sell Gareth Bale

Real Madrid will attempt to lure Liverpool star Mohamed Salah to the Bernabeu once they sell Gareth Bale, reports claim.

The Reds could face a fight to keep hold of their forward, with Real understood to be plotting a £126million bid for Salah.

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Salah has been central to Liverpool’s success since he joined in June 2017
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However, the Spanish giants want to offload the injury-prone Bale first.

Bale, whose move to the Chinese Super League fell through last summer, has an enormous salary and thus makes him difficult to sell.

He has been linked with moves to Manchester United and even former club Tottenham, but it’s understood he’d have to take a significant pay cut from his £600,000-a-week wages to secure such a switch.

Los Blancos have also been linked with £252m-rated Kylian Mbappe but El Desmarque reports that club president Florentino Perez is ready to move for Salah.

The Egyptian has been central to Liverpool’s success since joining, helping them win last season’s Champions League.

Liverpool are also on course to secure their first ever Premier League title as they currently hold a 22-point lead over Manchester City, who are second in the table.

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Bale appears to be tired of life in Madrid
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Salah moved to Anfield in 2017 and enjoyed an excellent first season at the club, scoring 44 goals in all competitions.

He’s not been as prolific in front of goal since and former Red Jamie Carragher suggested that Salah is now ‘underappreciated’ by Liverpool fans.

Meanwhile, ex-Manchester United star Gary Neville believes Salah will use his current club as a ‘stepping stone’ to the likes of Real Madrid or Barcelona.

“I think it’s a little bit more simple in the sense of why Liverpool fans maybe don’t demonstrate that love for Salah, and it’s affinity and loyalty,” Neville said.

“I think there’s a feeling that he wants to go and play at Real Madrid, he’ll go to Barcelona – he’ll take the big move.

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Salah has 19 goals to his name this season
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“That’s not a criticism of Mo Salah. I played with David Beckham, I played with Ruud van Nistelrooy, I played with Cristiano Ronaldo – they wanted to aspire to win the Ballon d’Or, they wanted to be at Real Madrid, they wanted to be up in lights and play at the biggest clubs in the world.

“I think there’s a feeling: affinity, loyalty, will he leave us? I think he could.

“I think he is ultimately using Liverpool potentially as a stepping stone for his career.”

A move to Camp Nou seems unlikely for Salah, however, as it’s understood Barca would have to pay in excess of £200m due to a ‘Coutinho clause’ Liverpool agreed when they sold Philippe Coutinho to Barca in January 2018.


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