German giants Bayern Munich are busy preparing the initial stages of a shock move for a Liverpool star.
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has admitted that it would be ‘an honour’ to have one of Jurgen Klopp’s key men turn out in Munich – reported the Metro.
He said: “We are not planning to sign Salah at the moment, but it would definitely be an honor to have him with us. Of course he has all the skills necessary to play for the best teams in the world.
“What he has achieved can be compared to what Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo did in Barcelona and Madrid, respectively.”
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Don’t be fooled by those words, though. This is clearly Rummenigge laying the early groundwork for Salah, just putting the word out and seeing how it’s received. Of course, we don’t want Salah *wink wink*, and all that thing.
Klopp must be having cold sweats about the thought. His entire term at Borussia Dortmund was characterised by the Bavarians’ stealing his best players and it could happen again!
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From Mats Hummels to Robert Lewandowski to Mario Gotze to… Mohamed Salah? Rummenigge spoke openly about his desire to have the Egyptian at Bayern, and even called him ‘the Egyptian Messi.’
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For all the interest in Salah from Barcelona or Real Madrid, nobody expected Bayern to come crawling out the woodwork and start fluttering their eyelashes at Liverpool’s best players.
They aren’t traditionally seen as a galactico club. Sure, they’ve made big signings, but hardly any of them were for huge money. A quick look at their Transfermarkt page shows that the £72 million they paid for Lucas Hernandez is an outlier.
Liverpool would need Bayern to break the bank
Most of the other fees were between £30 million and £40 million, with very few above that. Signing Salah would represent a departure from that way of working, as you can’t see Liverpool sanctioning the deal for anything less than £100 million.
To be honest, it would probably take Philippe Coutinho money to prize the Egyptian away from Anfield. Who knows what Klopp and Michael Edwards could do that with, but another strengthening in key areas would certainly be on the cards.
With that in mind, would it be the worst thing in the world if Salah was sold? He’s 28 now, and the front three will need a refresh in the next 24 months.
A massive fee would allow Klopp to bring in two or three youngster players who can develop into the next Sadio Mane, Salah, or Roberto Firmino.
It would be difficult to say goodbye to the King, especially as Liverpool made him as a player. But sometimes those difficult goodbyes are necessary.