Al Ittihad ‘prepare £129m offer’ for Liverpool icon and have three weeks to negotiate transfer

Harry Watkinson
Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah arrives for a match.
Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah arrives for a match.

Saudi club Al Ittihad are prepared to spend an eye-watering €150m (£129m) to sign Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, according to reports.

Jurgen Klopp has already insisted that the 31-year-old is not for sale but the reported offer could prove to be too big to refuse.

Salah has been vital to Liverpool’s success since joining the Merseyside club from Roma in 2017. He has scored a stunning 138 goals and provided 81 assists in 220 appearances, winning a Premier League title, the FA Cup, League Cup, and Champions League in the process.

Liverpool have already sold Jordan Henderson (£12m) and Fabinho (£40m) to Saudi clubs this summer, but Salah is one player the Anfield faithful would hate to lose.

As mentioned, Klopp has already said that he has no intention of selling Salah. In a recent interview. the manager insisted the Egypt international remains ‘100 per cent committed to Liverpool.’

That is in contrast to recent reports, which have claimed that Salah is open to the prospect of ditching the Premier League for Saudi this summer. The offer of a huge salary is probably tempting, to be fair.

Now, according to transfer journalist James Benge, Al Ittihad are preparing a €150m (£129m) offer for Liverpool’s Premier League leading goal scorer.

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On Twitter, Benge wrote: “Al-Ittihad prepared to offer a €150m (£129m) package for Mohamed Salah. Liverpool, who don’t want to sell, would get €100m guaranteed.

“Not all of add-ons would necessarily be easily achievable. Salah would receive a salary package comparable with Neymar and Ronaldo.”

While Liverpool may not receive the full £129m, they would be guaranteed a fee of at least €100m (£86m), which is still a lot of money for a 31-year-old.

Al Ittihad still have plenty of time to negotiate a deal with the Reds, too. While the Premier League’s transfer deadline is on Friday, the Saudi deadline is three weeks later on September 20.

Klopp has already voiced his frustration on this situation. “It’s new, it’s challenging for everybody and we have to learn to deal with it,” the Liverpool manager said.

“But the authorities should make clear that if you want to be part of the system, do your business at the same time as the others at least.”

With that in mind, it will be very interesting to see if Al Ittihad can convince Liverpool to sell Salah over the next few weeks.

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