Football agent Sjaak Swart has tried to spark rumours Mo Salah could leave Liverpool for Barcelona this summer.
He told Dutch outlet Voetbalzone: “I know Koeman wants him – and I know Salah would like to go.”
“I am not going into any more details, but just believe me that I know.”
That came not even 24 hours after Salah had smashed in a hat-trick during Liverpool’s first Premier League game of the season, a 4-3 home win over Leeds.
So do Reds fans have anything to worry about? Not in this writer’s view.
First of all, Barcelona are in such a mess that even their greatest ever player, Lionel Messi, has tried to force a move away this summer.
Why would Salah want to trade a title-winning Liverpool side for a Nou Camp rebuild even Messi thinks is a lost cause?
Then there’s the financial aspect. Salah would cost an absolute king’s ransom.
Liverpool are so adept in the transfer market these days. They got £142 million (BBC) out of Barca for Philippe Coutinho and would likely demand even more for Salah.
The Catalans’ financial situation simply won’t allow for that. Spanish outlet Sport reported in August that they have to sell before they can buy.
The budget for this window simply wouldn’t stretch to Salah.
The Egyptian may be being mentioned alongside Barcelona right, but the chances of him moving there this summer are practically zero.