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Al Ittihad sound out FIFTH Liverpool star over potential Saudi move

The Saudi side are keen to bolster their ranks further at Jurgen Klopp’s expense

Saudi side Al-Ittihad have sounded out yet another Liverpool star as they look to strengthen their own side, with Ibrahim Konate the latest player to have been offered the chance to the Middle East this summer.

Both Jordan Henderson and Fabinho have both swapped Merseyside for the middle east already this transfer window, with the latter moving to Al-Ittihad in a deal worth around £40m.

However, they are not the only Liverpool stars to have been offered the chance to do so, with Thiago and most recently Mohamed Salah offered mega money to do so. It has been reported that Al-Ittihad would be willing to offer as much as £118m for Salah and offer him a salary comparative with Cristiano Ronaldo, but with just 48 hours in which Liverpool could now replace him a move seems to be off the cards.

That hasn’t stopped the Saudi side trying for other Liverpool players, and according to reports in France Konate has been the latest player to be offered a move. RMC Sport’s Fabrice Hawkins claimed that Al-Ittihad initially tried for Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo, but after he turned down a massive contract they switched their attentions to Liverpool’s defender.

However, it is added that Konate feels happy at Liverpool and is not set to push for a move away, with Liverpool almost certain to keep hold of him past Friday’s deadline. Nonetheless, the regularity with which Jurgen Klopp’s players have been targeted by Saudi sides will be a major cause for concern at Anfield.

To make matters worse, the Saudi Pro League transfer window doesn’t shut until September 20th, almost three weeks after Liverpool can bring in any players themselves. It means that there will be a period in which the Reds will largely be helpless if a player’s head is turned, and may have to choose between depleting the squad or keeping an unhappy player.

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Ben Browning

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