Real Madrid eager to sign £200,000-a-week Liverpool forward

Real Madrid stay eager to sign Mohamed Salah but cannot afford the fee needed to bring Liverpool superstar to the Santiago Bernabeu, according to former club president Ramon Calderon.

Egypt international, fuelled speculation of a switch to La Liga in December when he gave an interview with a Spanish publication suggesting he was open to the idea of playing for either Barcelona or Real Madrid in the future.

However, Salah, whose deal at Anfield expires in 2023, has since admitted that he is happy to stay at Anfield as long as he can.

Calderon believes Real Madrid are still keen to bring the forward to the Spanish capital but doubts his former club, who have been hit hard by the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, will not be in any position to meet Reds demands for the footballer if they choose to cash in.

Calderon said: ‘He is a great player and a goalscorer. He helped Liverpool by giving his best, but I don’t think they will let him go. It is expected that, if they were to think about it, they would only let him go for a lot of money.’

‘Salah is wanted, of course, by Real Madrid, but Liverpool would ask for a lot of money and, if that deal were to be completed, it would be crucial. Salah is a great player with fantastic potential, and any club wishes to acquire such talents, but for Real Madrid, I do not think they have the financial means to sign Salah.’