According to reports, Liverpool are set to receive a ‘sensational’ £225m bid for Mohamed Salah before the Saudi Pro League transfer window closes.
Salah has been heavily linked with a move to Saudi outfit Al-Ittihad throughout this summer and they had a £150m bid rejected before the English transfer window closed last week.
It has been indicated that the forward is ‘tempted’ to sign for the Middle East side but if Liverpool accepted their initial £150m bid, they wouldn’t have had enough time to sign a suitable replacement before the summer window closed.
The 31-year-old penned a new deal last year so he is under contract until 2025. It has been reported over the past week that Al-Ittihad are preparing to submit an improved bid before the Saudi Pro League transfer window closes at 22:00 (UK time) on Thursday night.
Football Insider are now claiming that Al-Ittihad are plotting a sensational bid for Liverpool superstar Salah worth £225million before the Saudi Pro League window closes’. They add.
‘Liverpool have insisted that Salah is not for sale and they have no intention of letting him go this week.
‘But Al-Ittihad have not ended their interest and they are believed to have had some encouragement from Salah’s camp that he is willing to join.
‘Al-Ittihad are now preparing to submit a new bid of that, including add-ons, would be worth £225m in total, comfortably making it a world-record transfer fee if accepted.’
An update has also come from Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol, who tends to be more reliable than Football Insider. He thinks Al-Ittihad “left it too late” to sign Salah.
“There’s no indication that Al Ittihad have come back in for Mo Salah. We know they made a verbal offer for him last Thursday, that was rejected out of hand. There were reports they’d come back with an offer of more than £200m,” Solhekol told Sky Sports.
“Liverpool have been very, very firm – as far as they’re concerned, he’s got two years left on his contract, and in any case, the Saudis left it too late to sign him because they don’t have time to sign a replacement.”
He added: “My personal opinion is perhaps the player sent the Saudis the message that he had unfinished business at Liverpool and didn’t want to leave this summer.
“There could also be an element of the Saudis making mischief, getting some positive PR out of this. Last Friday, a lot of the headlines were about Salah and the Saudi Pro League, rather than talking about Premier League transfers.”