Mohamed Salah has emerged as Real Madrid’s top summer transfer target – with the future of all three of Los Blancos’ main attacking stars in the balance.
The Liverpool forward, who will line up against Real in the Champions League Final on 26 May, has enjoyed his best-ever season, scoring 43 goals in all competitions.
He scooped both main Player of the Year prizes in England – the PFA and Football Writers’ – awards in his first season at Anfield.
And amidst cooling interest in Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, Salah is likely to be top of Real’s wanted list along with Tottenham’s Harry Kane – although the Egyptian insists he is enjoying life at the club.
“I’m very happy here. Of course I have got ambitions for the future with Liverpool. We had a great season and now we are in the Champions League final and everyone is excited,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
At the age of 33 Cristiano Ronaldo is increasingly needing to be used sparingly by Real and will lead European champions Portugal’s bid for World Cup glory in Russia.
Gareth Bale has suffered injury problems in recent seasons, and been linked with Manchester United while Karim Benzema, now 30, has scored only 11 goals, his worst return in nine seasons at the Bernabeu.