Reputed football journalist Fabrizio Romano says Liverpool have contacted Mo Salah over a new deal.

The Egyptian raised eyebrows in May when he said no talks had been held with the club about a contract extension.

It appears Liverpool have responded by entering initial discussions with the player. Salah’s current contract is set to expire in June 2023.

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When asked about a new deal for the forward, Romano told Anfield Watch: “This is not at the final stages yet.

“They have been talking but nothing is advanced yet.”

Club chiefs will be hoping to tie down the 29-year-old to fresh terms this summer.

Salah once again demonstrated his importance to Liverpool by scoring 31 goals in all competitions last term.

That included 22 in the Premier League, putting him second in the scoring charts behind Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Salah appears to be attracting interest from Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona.

With Eden Hazard continuing to struggle, Los Blancos could turn to Salah in the coming months by launching a bid.

They’re more likely to submit an offer than their rivals as Barca continue to focus on a new deal for Lionel Messi.

Salah was asked about the two sides in December. He seemed to stir things up by saying: “I think Madrid and Barcelona are two top clubs.

“Who knows what will happen in the future, but right now I am focused on winning the Premier League and the Champions League with Liverpool again.”

Salah has been a revelation at Anfield since joining from Roma in July 2017.

He’s been their top scorer in the past four campaigns and is now on 125 goals for the club.

Alongside his new contract, Liverpool chiefs are also focusing on making improvements to Jurgen Klopp’s squad.

Ibrahima Konate has already been signed from RB Leipzig for a £36million fee.

The 22-year-old is a promising centre-back who helped Leipzig to finish second in the Bundesliga last season.

The Reds are in the race for Brighton midfielder Yves Bissouma, too. He’s seen as a potential replacement for Gini Wijnaldum on Merseyside.

Brighton seem to be preparing for Bissouma’s exit as they’ve brought in Enock Mwepu from Red Bull Salzburg.

Bissouma will cost between £30m-£40m.

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