Juventus’ reported interest in Mohamed Salah
Juventus is ready to make a surprise offer for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. Tuttomercatoweb argues that the Serie A leader proposed a swap deal that would see Paulo Dybala going to the opposite direction, plus money, to have Salah in their squad the next season. Of course, they would make this offer in the summer mercato and there’s a slight possibility Salah may want to leave Liverpool, especially if the Reds win the league title this year. Which, to be honest, it’s at this point possible only if Manchester City will struggle against some team battling relegation, despite the small gap between the two teams. But then again, City made a couple of mistakes this season which allowed Liverpool to take the lead in the Premier League, if only briefly considering how the Reds aren’t much above not taking wrong steps, especially if they’re fighting for something big.
Before his transfer to Liverpool in the summer of 2017, Salah has played in Serie A, for Roma and Fiorentina. The winter of 2014 saw the Egyptian making a move from Basel to Chelsea, but failing to establish himself as he only scored 2 goals in 10 matches during his limited playtime in his first season at Stamford Bridge, while the following year he was loaned to Fiorentina. There, Salah started leaving an impression, as he scored 6 goals in 13 Serie A matches, attracting the attention of Roma. After his loan at Fiorentina finished, Chelsea loaned Salah to Roma, where he scored 14 Serie A goals during his first season for the Gialorossi, prompting the Rome side to make the deal permanent in the summer of 2016. During his second and final season at Roma, Salah scored another 15 goals in Serie A, and 19 in all competitions, to attract the attention of Liverpool, who was close to signing him in 2014, prior to the Egyptian’s move to Chelsea. His first season under Jurgen Klopp saw a fast development in his scoring abilities, as Salah netted 44 goals in all competitons (32 in the Premier League, 11 in the Champions League), as well as winning awards like the Premier League Golden Boot, the FIFA Puskas Award, the BBC African Footballer of the Year award and many others.
No doubt Salah has matured under Klopp, just as much as his two years in Italy have shown his potential. And Juventus are indeed desperately looking for a striker, now that Higuain isn’t in their plans anymore, and Dybala’s form went down this season, as the Argentinian only scored 9 times in all competitions, 4 goals in Serie A and 5 goals in the Champions League. It might be a great move for the Bianconeri, imagining how devasting an attacking duo between Salah and Cristiano Ronaldo would be, but I’m sure some other offers could possibly tempt the Egyptian away from Anfield. For instance, Real Madrid need to fill the gap left by Ronaldo’s departure, and despite their plans to buy Eden Hazard, I’m sure Salah will be in their summer list.