Barcelona’s deal for Philippe Countinho sees Mohammed Salah unable to switch to the Catalan side anytime soon as Real Madrid once again take upper hand in race to sign the Egyptian.
The race for the signature of the premier league’s last season best player seems to have taken an unexpected turn as Barcelona lose place as fore runners for the Egyptian’s signature and Real Madrid take pole position.
Liverpool sanctioned a sale of star Brazilian star Philippe Countinho to Barcelona last January for a fee of £142 million, but the Merseyside reds put in precautions to ensure Barcelona don’t drain the last season UCL runners up of every star player they have.
According to Daily Telegraph writer Chris Bascombe, during negotiations, Anfield sporting director Michael Edwards insisted on a €100 million (£89m) premium on top of any transfer fee if Barcelona try to lure any more Liverpool players in the next few years.
That means Barcelona would have to fork out an extra £89 million if they are to ever have a chance to sign the likes of Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino. What an unfortunate turn out of events for the Catalan side.
Despite Mohammed Salah openly saying he would never join Real Madrid after the event between the Egyptians forward and defender Sergio Ramos, the recent turn of events will buy Madrid more than enough time to convince the forward to move to Santiago Bernabau rather than Camp Nou. Certainly Salah won’t be patient enough to hold his future just for Barcelona. That is if Liverpool don’t find their way to the very top again any time soon.