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Liverpool stunned as Mohamed Salah enters ‘serious negotiations’ to follow ex-teammate to Saudi club in £60m transfer

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah

Mo Salah might leave Liverpool this summer

Saudi Pro League club Al-Ittihad are trying to sign Mohamed Salah from Liverpool, according to a report coming from the Middle East.

Liverpool have already lost a couple of players to clubs in Saudi Arabia this summer. Salah’s attacking teammate Roberto Firmino went to Al-Ahli, captain Jordan Henderson has gone to Al-Ettifaq, and Al-Ittihad themselves signed Fabinho.

Now, according to Al Riyadiah, Fabinho’s new club have entered ‘serious negotiations’ to sign Salah from Liverpool too.

Reports over the weekend suggested Salah has already been earmarked for a lucrative move to the Saudi Pro League next year. His status as one of the most high-profile Arab athletes in the world has made him an ideal candidate for the rising football league.

If the latest claims from Al Riyadiah are true, Al-Ittihad could be trying to take Salah away from the Premier League and Liverpool sooner than expected.

A contract worth €180m over two seasons is said to be on the table for Salah. Furthermore, Al-Ittihad would be willing to pay Liverpool £60m to sign the Egypt international.

However, Liverpool still have Salah under contract for another two years. He scored 30 goals for them last season, so even at the age of 31, a price tag of £60m would seem on the low side – especially when the bid would be coming from a destination with huge financial backing.

Furthermore, the report acknowledges that Salah still has a lot to offer in the Premier League. Therefore, he may be inclined to stay at Liverpool.

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Salah still expected to stay at Liverpool

Since joining the club from Roma in 2017, Salah has scored a total of 186 goals from 305 appearances, making him their fifth highest scorer of all time.

During his time with Liverpool, Salah has won seven trophies. Due to his phenomenal ability, there have been fairly frequent rumours of interest from elsewhere, but – after committing to a huge deal last summer – he is now preparing for a seventh season on Merseyside.

Were he to leave for Al-Ittihad, who are the current Saudi champions, Salah would be able to link up with Karim Benzema up front after the Ballon d’Or winner joined the Jeddah outfit from Real Madrid recently.

Their squad, which is managed by former Wolves and Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo, also contains N’Golo Kante after the midfielder’s move on a free transfer from Chelsea.

Whether Salah follows them remains to be seen. As things stand, it seems unlikely, but he will continue to be an obvious target for the Saudi league. Moreover, the fact that a specific suitor has now been identified from the competition could be a cause for concern.

Nevertheless, his agent Ramy Abbas Issa has since confirmed on Twitter: “If we considered leaving LFC this year, we wouldn’t have renewed the contract last summer. Mohamed remains committed to LFC.”

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