Liverpool was looking to revamp its midfielders and strengthen its center backs during this summer’s transfer market. Things went relatively according to plan until the acquisitions of Alexis Mac Allister and Dominik Szoboszlai, but they became one of the clubs whose reinforcement plans were derailed by Saudi Arabian oil money.
Jordan Henderson and Fabinho volunteered to move to Middle Eastern clubs and found new homes at Al-Ettifaq and Al-Ittihad, respectively. The club has acquired Japanese midfielder Wataru Endo, but continues to look for further reinforcements as the transfer deadline looms.
And a new target for Saudi Arabia is Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah. Al-Ittihad, who acquired Fabinho, is keen to acquire the player and is prepared to offer a huge sum of money for the individual player and the club.
According to Rudi Galetti, an Italian journalist, the Egyptian King has informed the club of his desire to move to Saudi Arabia, and Al Ittehad, who are prepared to pay more than 100 million pounds, are looking for an early settlement and have given the club until August 28th to respond whether they will allow the transfer to take place.
🚨🗣️ Mohamed #Salah informed #Liverpool that he would like to join #AlIttihad starting a new experience in 🇸🇦.— Rudy Galetti (@RudyGaletti) August 26, 2023
⏳ The final decision is up to #LFC and Klopp: as told, there is a huge bid (more than $100m) for the 🏴 club to let him go.
📆 Monday 28th Aug is the deadline. 🐓⚽ https://t.co/QFAFGRDlBe pic.twitter.com/BS8lc7pBMj
In a press conference held before the Newcastle game, manager Jurgen Klopp denied 100% that he would release the ace and would not budge on any amount. And with the deadline for reinforcements fast approaching, no matter how much money is spent, it will be difficult to get a replacement who can compete for the top scorer in the Premier League.
Only those involved can say how much of this report is genuine. Even if the players wish to move at this time, I do not think Liverpool’s stance will change, but the transfer market is also one where one cannot read what will happen. We will continue to keep an eye on the future developments…