Real Madrid Transfers: 5 players you shouldn’t get your hopes up for

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Liverpool, Mohamed Salah
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Liverpool RW Mohamed Salah

Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah has been one of the top five players in the world in the 2020/21 and 2021/22 seasons, no doubt. Salah deserves the utmost respect, and Real Madrid fans have always held the left-footed right winger in the highest regard.

Real could use a left-footer in their attack, as Marco Asensio just isn’t a good enough dribbler or creative presence to start for this team. Salah is the best right winger there is. No other right winger who cuts in on his left can offer more end product or consistency than the Reds’ star.

While Salah’s contract situation does not leave out the possibility of him making a switch – and he would almost certainly love a move to Madrid – it’s just so unrealistic to expect him to move to the Bernabeu.

Firstly, he is Liverpool’s best and most important player. He means everything to the Reds. And secondly, Salah is expensive. His transfer fee and wages would be huge. Thirdly, Salah is exiting his prime soon. The Eden Hazard transfer may have scarred Real Madrid from investing heavily in a Premier League winger who has taken serious wear-and-tear. I am sure they are totally different situations, but Hazard’s situation is a reminder that it is always risky to make transfers like this one, no matter how healthy and productive a star forward has been to that point in their careers.

I think it is fine for Madridistas to dream about Salah, because his quality is so high. But it would be totally irresponsible to expect him to join. I wouldn’t even consider him a Real Madrid transfer target at this point.