Transfers don't come much more inspired than Liverpool's purchase of Mohamed Salah.
The Reds signed the Egyptian forward for a then club record fee, a move that was met with some skepticism after Salah's failure to perform in the Premier League with Chelsea.
However, things couldn't possibly have gone any better for Salah with his second spell in England producing the PFA Player of the Year award and the Golden Boot.
And not only was he top scorer ahead of the likes of Harry Kane and Sergio Aguero, but his tally of 32 goals toppled the record held by Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Now that's some big names to be rubbing shoulders with and Salah was even tipped for contention in the Ballon d'Or coming into the final weeks of the decision.
Salah: One of the world's top players
Defeat in the Champions League final and a lack of fitness at the World Cup - from no fault of his own - has somewhat stalled his chances, but he's still riding the crest of a wave.
Such was the quality of his form over the last 12 months that people wondered: will the likes of Barcelona and Real Madrid try and sign him?
It's certainly a valid question and an obvious answer would be to cite the new long-term contract he signed at the club, but that can mean very little in the modern game.
Mido's inside information
Despite that, though, it seems Kopites have nothing to worry about as fellow Egyptian and former Tottenham striker Mido has done some digging.
And after speaking to people close to Salah, he only had good news for Liverpool fans.
“I’ve spoken to people around him, he’s very happy and he wants to stay at Liverpool as long as he can,” Mido revealed this week.
“He’s established himself at Liverpool and I think he will want to stay at Liverpool for another three or four years.
“Why would he want to leave?”
“Real Madrid are massive but Liverpool are not a small club. To be there and feel loved by the fans, that’s what every player dreams of.”
Liverpool fans, rejoice!
Supporters have been feeling pretty confident of Salah's commitment to the club, but Mido's inside information is more reassuring than any interview or report.
It seems, at the very least, that fans on Merseyside can see their Egyptian winger in Liverpool colours for another three to four years.
The news will come as a blow to Barcelona and Real who have been linked to Salah in the past and their chances of securing his signature look slimmer than ever.
And it will prove all the more painful if Salah continues to deliver in his second season on Merseyside.
He certainly started with those very intentions by bagging himself a goal against West Ham and it's hard to bet against Salah proving he's no one season wonder.
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