September 4 – With the Saudi transfer window still open until this Thursday, speculation is intensifying that Liverpool’s Egyptian super star Mohamed Salah may join the exodus and move to Al Ittihad for a staggering fee.
Liverpool have already rejected one bid of £150 million from the Saudi club who are expected to raise their offer to mouth-watering proportions. Al Ittihad are the current Saudi Pro League champions and will play in the 2024 Club World Cup later this year.
Salah, who has scored 138 Premier league goals in 221 appearances in six seasons, is one of the best players in the world and is feted across the Arab world
But Liverpool might not be able to resist a world record £200 million offer though it would leave them with no time to find a replacement with the European transfer window having shut. The Saudi transfer window closes at midnight on Thursday September 7.
Liverpool have already seen midfielders Fabinho and Jordan Henderson leave for Saudi Arabia this summer, joining Al Ittihad and Al Ettifaq, respectively.
Manager Jurgen Klopp is increasingly concerned about the Saudi threat to the status quo.
“I don’t know where it will lead to but it feels rather like a threat or a concern than not because I can’t see how we really deny it in these moments, what can we do?” he said. “It is something UEFA or whoever should have an eye on because we all have to protect the game.”
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