Saudi side Al-Ittihad are readying a £200m offer for Mohamed Salah in the final days of the Saudi transfer window, it has been claimed, with the Middle East outfit reportedly having been encouraged to do so by the Egyptian’s entourage.
Salah has been on the list of targets for Saudi Arabia’s spending spree all summer, but has so far resisted a move, though teammates Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have both headed to the middle east.
The Reds rejected a £150m bid from Al-Ittihad for Salah on transfer deadline day, and he looked set to stay until at least January, but a late offer could change that.
And the Daily Mail report that ‘the Saudis will push their offer towards £200million over the next 48 hours in the belief Salah would be open to joining Al-Ittihad’ in the coming days.
Should Salah depart, Liverpool would be unable to replace him, with the English transfer window having slammed shut on Friday September 1st despite still being able to confirm outgoings.
As it stands, Ben Doak is the only recognised option on the right hand side should Salah depart, but he was only handed his Premier League debut in the opener against Chelsea and would hardly fit the bill required for a team looking to challenge for the title again.
Jurgen Klopp isn’t worried though.
“I never had any doubt about his commitment to this club,” the German told Sky Sports after his side’s win over Villa.
“You can’t imagine how much fuss the world has made but how calm we are with it. He is our player and wants to play here.”
Salah netted the third goal in their win at the weekend, kissing the Anfield turf in the aftermath in what many took to be a sign of his desire to remain on Merseyside for at least this season.