Salah to become most expensive Liverpool player ever

Matt Stead

Mohamed Salah is closing in on a move to Liverpool, one which is expected to make him the club’s most expensive player ever.

Salah has been identified by Jurgen Klopp as a top transfer target this summer, with the Reds having had a £28million bid for the winger rejected by Roma last week.

But they will return with an improved offer, ‘which is likely to go beyond £35m’, according to the Daily Telegraph, to land the Egyptian. The move could be confirmed by the end of the week.

The initial fee would match that which was required to sign Andy Carroll from Newcastle in January 2011, but, with add-ons included, it should ‘eventually eclipse’ the £35m figure spent on the striker six years ago.

Both the club and the player are keen on completing the deal soon, with the Champions League play-offs taking place in early August, and it is believed that Salah has already agreed to a wage of £90,000 a week.

Most outlets report that the 24-year-old would offer an injection of pace and direct running into the Liverpool attack which is absent without Sadio Mane – although it must be noted that both players would be unavailable should their respective countries reach the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Salah might not hold the record of most expensive Liverpool player of all time for long. Of the club’s four main transfer targets, two are expected to cost more.

A move for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be difficult to complete, but both Virgil van Dijk and RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita could cost upwards of £50m.