Liverpool’s scouting of a potential move for West Ham star Jarrod Bowen could be used by the Reds to give Mohamed Salah the push he needs to finally put pen to paper on a new contract.
Salah has become one of the best players in the world since moving to Anfield from Roma, winning the Champions League and Premier League in successive seasons.
The Egyptian has again been providing the goals for Liverpool ’s title challenge this season, with Salah scoring 22 times in all competitions, as well as laying on nine assists.
But there is an increasingly major issue that must be solved quickly, with Salah’s contract at Anfield entering its final 18 months and no breakthrough in talks over a new deal seemingly close.
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If Salah continues to stall on signing an extension, the Reds will have to sell him either in January or next summer in order to receive a fee that fully matches his value.
But they do still have several tricks up their sleeve that can help to convince Salah to end his stand-off.
One of those potential ticks would be to make moves to bring in a possible replacement for the Egyptian.
The player linked most with filling that role is Bowen, who has starred for West Ham since joining from Hull City in January 2020.
He played a significant role in helping the Hammers to secure qualification for the Europa League last season and has impressed again this term.
Five goals and seven assists in all competitions has marked him out as a consistent attacking threat in the Premier League.
His form has certainly interested the Reds and they have long been linked with making a move for the Englishman.
The 25-year-old’s energetic style of play would certainly suit Liverpool’s philosophy under Jurgen Klopp.
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It would be a high-stakes power-play, but if the Reds did explore a move for Bowen, it could be enough to convince Salah to stay.
Such a move would clearly show that they will not be held to ransom by the attacker, who is understood to have demanded a wage structure-busting salary.
Exploration of a move for Bowen would also serve as a warning to Salah that Liverpool believe they may be able to replace him.
Staying at the Reds would seemingly offer him the best chance to continue to win major trophies, with few of his potential suitors in as strong a position as Klopp’s men.
He risks throwing those chances away if he fails to extend his stay at Anfield, but scouting potential replacements could provide exactly what is needed to break the current stand-off.
If Salah is aware Liverpool are preparing to bring in a replacement, it would only improve Liverpool’s negotiating position.
The Reds will hope that a decision is made soon by the Egyptian, so that they can fully prepare themselves for either a move for Bowen or building a team around Salah once again.