This summer is going to be huge for Salah, in more ways than one.
The World Cup
Salah will be taking his country to the World Cup in Russia and it will be the first World Cup for Egypt since 1990, when they bowed out at the group stage in Italy. Egypt’s qualification for the World Cup was met with huge celebrations in Salah’s home country and he is the idol Egyptian football has been waiting to worship.
Having been drawn in a group with Uruguay, Russia and Saudi Arabia, Egypt will believe they have a chance of qualifying from the group. Salah’s goals will be instrumental for his country and if he can reproduce anything like his form for Liverpool in Russia, Egypt and the watching world will be in for a real treat.
However, the World Cup may not be the only business Salah must take care of in the summer as speculation mounts about his future at Anfield.
It seems strange that after just one season at a new club, a player can be linked with a move away but this has been anything but a normal debut season for Salah. He has been breaking records with his goal scoring exploits for Liverpool and this has caught the attention of the big teams across the European leagues.
A simple search online for ‘Mohamed Salah news’ or ‘Mohamed Salah transfer’ will bring up a whole host of websites detailing potential moves for the Liverpool forward in the summer.
In truth, if Salah was to make another move after just one year at Liverpool, there are only two likely destinations.
The first of which is Barcelona. Lionel Messi is entering the final years of his career and while he will remain a fantastic player for the near future, his influence on games is going to drop. Salah appears to be the perfect man to operate along side Messi and then step into his shadow once the Argentine passes his best.
It would be a huge responsibility for Salah but he seems level headed and if the way he has taken to life in a Liverpool shirt is anything to go by, he will not be fazed by the proposition.
Perhaps the most realistic option is a move to Real Madrid. The Spanish giants have not been at their best this season, losing the La Liga title to Barcelona by a large margin. Cristiano Ronaldo will be 34 in February and Gareth Bale is being strongly linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.
This summer could see a few changes at Real Madrid and if the Welshman was to leave, it would open a gaping hole which Salah could fill perfectly.
It’s going to be a massive summer for Mohamed Salah, both on and off the pitch.
Salah Targets Golden Boot
Despite the words from his manager, any player with 30 goals to his name before the end of the Premier League season is going to be thinking about finishing as top goal scorer and Salah is no different.
According to Marca, a top Spanish newspaper, Salah said, ‘I’m happy with the support my teammates give me during matches to try and reach this title’, before adding, ‘If anyone has been following closely our last two matches, you will notice all the players are trying to pass me the ball to help me score. I promise I will not let them down and I will win that title’.
So, Mohamed Salah appears to have his eyes firmly on the Golden Boot, regardless of the views of his manager.