There have been no conversations between Liverpool and current Spanish and European champions, Real Madrid, over a transfer to bring Mohammed Salah to the Bernabeu.
It has been reported that Salah is of interest to the Madrid club who are very impressed with the Egyptian forwards remarkable first season at Liverpool, scoring 43 goals in 47 games this season with matches still left to play.
Salah, dubbed the Egyptian king by the Anfield faithful, was bought in last summer for £34 million, a deal which is looking like a massive bargain for the Merseysiders following his goal scoring exploits for the reds this season.
Real Madrid boast the BBC in attack which consists of Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and star man, Cristiano Ronaldo, but are reported to be looking to freshen up and bolster their ageing strike force by bringing in Salah and his rival for this season’s golden boot, Harry Kane as they look to strengthen ahead of next season and claim back their league title which they have surrendered to Barcelona this year.
The Anfield club are reported to have told Real that not even £200 million would be enough to prise him away from the Premier League side, however, the lure of playing for one of, if not the worlds biggest club could prove too much to resist for this years PFA Player of the Year should they come knocking.
The Europa League’s semi finals commence tonight as Olympique Marseille take on Austrian side Red Bull Salzburg, whilst the most eagerly awaited tie of the round also takes place with Arsenal squaring up against the previous two time winners of the competition, Atletico Madrid.
Arsene Wenger’s side booked their place in the last four by dispatching of Russian side, CSKA Moscow 6-3 on aggregate with a comprehensive 4-1 win in the first leg at the Emirates which saw Aaron Ramsey score a scintillating flicked finish.
Diego Simeone’s team managed to get into the semi finals, but not as easily as Arsenal. They had won the first leg against Sporting Lisbon at the Wanda Metropolitano by a scoreline of two goals to nil, but lost 1-0 in the return leg in Portugal.
Olympique Marseille had lost their first leg against last season’s Bundesliga runners up, Red Bull Leipzig, however, came back in the second leg to thrash the German side 5-2 and go through 5-3 winners on aggregate.
Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg looked destined to be crashing out in the last eight after their 4-2 defeat against Lazio in Italy’s capital and went 1-0 down in the return leg after Ciro Immobile had put the Italian side in front, but the Austrian’s pulled off a quite remarkable comeback, equalising a minute after going behind which was the first of four goals inside a 20 minute spell where they fought back to win and go through with an aggregate of 6-5 as winners.
Both ties look like they will deliver truly entertaining games of football as they battle it out to win the trophy won by Manchester United last year.
Each game begins at 8.05 PM GMT with the return legs taking place next Thursday at the same time.
Chelsea defender, Marcos Alonso, has been banned for three matches and will now miss Chelsea’s all important FA cup semi final with Southampton on Sunday afternoon due to violent conduct.
The Spanish defender has been reprimanded for a first half stamp on Southampton’s Shane Long at St Mary’s on during Chelsea’s victory on Saturday afternoon. Read more
Yesterday night Manchester United returned to winning ways after claiming a 2-0 victory away at 11th placed Bournemouth.
The Old Trafford based club suffered a shock defeat last Sunday as they lost 1-0 at home to basement club West Brom, coming only one game after they produced a remarkable comeback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in an epic Manchester derby at the Etihad. Read more
The race for Europe’s top prize is on as this week sees the quarter finals first legs commence.
A repeat of last seasons final takes place this round as Juventus take on 12 time champions, Real Madrid, however, the eye catching tie of this years last eight is between two of the Premier League’s best teams. Read more
Alan Pardew has left West Brom by mutual consent only 5 months after taking charge at the Hawthorns.
The former West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace manager was appointed by the West Midlands club after Tony Pulis had departed the club in November.
Pardew, however, has been unable to turn around the clubs fortunes, overseeing just one win in the league in his 18 games. Read more