Real Madrid are set to make a sensational summer move for Liverpool frontman Mohamed Salah.
Egyptian football chief Hany Abo Rida confirmed the bid on national television – with his national team manager Hector Cuper backing up the claim.
The frontman has been in sensational form this season for the Reds – netting 18 times in 22 matches since his big money move from AS Roma.
The reigning Africa and BBC footballer of the year has scored a total of 25 goals for club and country this season. His five goals for his national team during the World Cup qualifiers ensured that the flag of the Pharoahs, for the first time in 28 years, will be hoisted in Russia during the World Cup finals in the summer.
Salah’s impressive form has made the £34.4m Liverpool paid Roma for his services last summer look like a bargain.
And he is in the running, of course alongside Man City’s Kevin De Bruyne for the Premier League’s player of the season.
Speaking about his national side’s star man, President of the Egyptian Football Federation, Hany Abo Rida, said: “There is a real chance he could play for Real Madrid next year.
“The Spaniards will make an offer for him.”
And the 64-year-old couldn’t hide his delight at the proposed move.
“Salah is now looking to improve his game,” he said.
“Obviously if an Egyptian plays for a club as popular around the world as Real Madrid, it’s going to be great for Egyptian football.
“It’s is going to be magnificent for Egyptian football.”
Egypt’s Argentine boss Héctor Cúper seemingly confirmed the move and added: “I’ve received news revealing Real’s interest, but let’s not rush things,” Cuper told ON Sport TV.