Since joining Liverpool from AS Roma in the summer of 2017, Egyptian international Mohamed Salah has been a prolific goalscorer. He has been hotly pursued by Saudi Arabia in this summer’s transfer market, with Al-Ittihad preparing an offer in excess of £200 million after the first offer was turned down.
With the Saudi Professional League transfer market deadline looming until September 7, clubs in the Middle East are expected to make a final push. Al Ittehad is likely to do the same and make a final push to acquire Salah.
According to Fabrizio Romano, Al-Ittihad could make another move this summer, but while he dismisses Liverpool’s offer as crazy, he suggests that a new twist could be on the cards in the summer of 2024.
“I expect Al Ittihad will come back with another bid for Mohamed Salah, but Liverpool are very relaxed about the situation.”
“I don’t think it’s going to be something concrete or advanced – every time rumours emerged of a deal being imminent, Liverpool have, both in public and in private, always insisted that Salah is untouchable and going nowhere.”
“I also think selling Salah now would be completely crazy – they have done well to rebuild their midfield this summer, so after all that work, to lose such an important player would be a real shock. At the moment Liverpool are confirming that they have no intention to let him go, but the situation could be more dangerous in 2024.”
“If Al Ittihad come back for Salah next year, there will be more time for them to put together something to tempt Liverpool, and more time for Liverpool to consider the deal and look for a replacement at the level of Salah. For now, it’s unlikely or even impossible, but for 2024 it could be a different story because Al Ittihad are really in love with the idea of signing Salah”Daily Briefing