Saudi giants Al Ittihad are not ready to give up on their pursuit of Mohamed Salah this summer amidst reports of Liverpool’s hardline stand on the player.
With three days before European transfer window is slammed shut, the Saudi Pro League champions are still preparing a tempting offer for the highly-rated forward, according to reports.
After signing the former Real Madrid forward and Ballon d’Or winner, Karim Benzema, including former Chelsea box-to-box midfielder, N’Golo Kante, and Liverpool midfield sensation Fabinho, Al Ittihad are preparing a mega transfer deal for Mohamed Salah.
Reports of Al Ittihad’s interest on Mohamed Salah emerged a week ago. The Saudi club were reportedly ready to flex with their financial firepower again, promising the Egyptian forward the highest wage package ever in Saudi football and other luxury perks.
Jurgen Klopp was quick to debunk rumors linking Salah to imminent exit from Liverpool. While the Saudi club were yet to table an offer for the player, Jurgen Klopp insisted it will be a straight “no” from Liverpool should Al Ittihad subsequently submit an offer for Mohamed Salah.
He also added the club are not ready to entertain transfer talks for Salah
‘There is nothing to talk about, we don’t have an offer,’ he said.
‘Mo is a Liverpool player and essential for everything we do. If there was something the answer would be “no”’.
Despite Klopp’s insistence that Salah is not for sale, latest reports from Daily Mail reveals the Saudi giants are not ready to back off from the move and are ready to go ahead and table an offer for Salah.
According to reports, Al Ittihad were planning to offer a £100m transfer fee for Salah. Now, the Saudi said are ready to make the offer as tempting as possible. This means they may possibly offer a higher transfer fee than the £100m.
There were reports Mo Salah, who has kept his silence amid rumors of the Al Ittihad link, is considering the offer and could be tempted for a move.
The former Liverpool star said Salah has a lot to play for in the Premier League and will not accept a move to the Saudi side no matter the offer.
Mohamed Salah has two years remaining on his Liverpool contract. He is the highest paid Liverpool player with a weekly wage of £358,000.
Al Ittihad hope to tempt Liverpool to sell Salah but it is still a dicey transfer saga. While Liverpool could possibly be forced to part ways for Salah with an offer in excess of £150m as Jamie Carragher said, the Reds will face an hurdle of finding a replacement for Salah as the transfer window winds down in a matter of days.
The timing of the move has been the major technical glitch that has doomed its chances of going through.
Mohamed Salah is key to Jurgen Klopp’s plans, who is not ready to part ways with the striker in a flash with no concrete plan for his replacement.