Liverpool striker Salah, whose nerveless penalty sent the Egyptians to their first World Cup finals since 1990, is enjoying a purple patch in his career. With 17 goals and 4 assists, he is already on course to record his best-ever season at club level.
Cúper has strong ties to the Spanish game, having managed at Real Mallorca (twice), Real Betis, and most famously, Valencia. Los Che reached their only Champions League final under his guidance in 2000; it was a run which earned Cúper the accolade of “UEFA Coach of the Year”.
It’s no surprise that 25-year-old Salah is on Real’s list of targets. With Cristiano Ronaldo 32 and fast approaching the twilight of his career, Los Merengues need a replacement for the majestic Portuguese striker.
Salah fits the bill with his preference for playing on the flanks, making the most of his electric pace. In Serie A and now the Premier League, he has scored 41 goals in his last 79 league appearances.
A talisman for club and country, Cúper revealed the news which will send shivers down Liverpudlian spines.
“I’ve received confirmed news revealing Real Madrid’s interest in Salah,” but let’s not rush things,” the Argentinean said during an ON Sport TV broadcast in Egypt. “To me, he is in an amazing position right now.”
If the reigning European and Spanish champions come calling, the question is whether Salah will let Liverpool reject any offer they receive?