MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly lining up a shock summer move for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah.
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But any proposed transfer will apparently hinge on Alexis Sanchez joining Real Madrid for a bargain fee.
Salah has been in incredible form since moving to Liverpool from Roma in the summer.
The Egyptian took his seasonal goals tally up to 38 when he netted during the impressive 3-0 Champions League win against Manchester City last week.
Real Madrid have been rumoured to want to take the forward to the Bernabeu as part of their mass summer shake-up.
Mohamed Salah is apparently wanted by Manchester United and Real Madrid
But according to Spanish outlet El Gol Digital, Los Blancos are not willing to enter a multi-million-pound battle for his signature.
Manchester United are said to have the freedom of the negotiations with the Reds, who will be desperate to keep hold of their star.
However, El Gol Digital claim the Red Devils must first offload some of their forward players to free up funds, as Salah is expected to cost close to £200million.
To do so, Jose Mourinho’s side will sell Sanchez to Real for €50m (£43.5m), it is reported.
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The Chilean has struggled to hit his top form ever since moving from Arsenal in January.
Mourinho is said to feel the attacker’s £600,000-a-week salary could be used elsewhere and United would make a healthy profit to put towards the Salah fee.
United are expected to spend heavily at the end of the season as they bid to close the gap on this term’s runaway leaders Manchester City.
Liverpool will also be hoping to challenge for the Premier League title next campaign so will try their best to keep hold of Salah.