Former England centre-back Steve Howey has warned that Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane could leave Liverpool this summer.
Whilst Salah remains in the hunt for a third Premier League Golden Boot with 17 league strikes this term, Mane’s form in front of goal has dramatically dipped recently – scoring just once this calendar year.
This week Howey has told Football FanCast that it isn’t against the realms of possibility that at least one of the stars could leave this summer if a Spanish giant came knocking:
“Nothing lasts forever. They’ve had a couple of unbelievable seasons. This season Liverpool, yes they’ve had injuries, but even apart from that they’ve not been near their high-tempo. But you can’t do that high-tempo week in, week out.
“Mane has been linked with Real Madrid and the other one [Salah] linked with Barcelona, but whilst Liverpool is a huge, huge, magnificent football club, if you get asked to play for Real Madrid or Barcelona, you go.”
Who would you rather sell?
Based on their importance to Liverpool, contract statuses and their perceived market values (Transfermarkt), both men would likely fetch upwards of £100m this summer, fees that given the financial implications of the pandemic are going to be in short supply.