Al-Ittihad are prepared to test Liverpool’s resolve over star player Mo Salah. Ben Jacobs is reporting that the initial bundle of roughly £100 million could be increased further as the Saudi side aims to pick up a major name. Fabrizio Romano reported that they rejected the initial £100 million offer.
Al Ittihad Preparing a £175M Bid for Mohammed Salah
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High Valued Bids for Salah
Al Ittihad, home to several stars, including Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kanté, and Fabinho, is now actively pursuing another prominent signing from Liverpool. Despite Liverpool’s firm stance in wanting to retain their attacker, the Saudi side remains determined to secure Salah and is reportedly preparing an even higher bid.
The first package was said to be close to £125 million and it is likely that the second package will be coming nearer to £170 million as reported by Jacobs.
While the offers are undeniably enticing and could be viewed as ‘difficult to turn down’ Jurgen Klopp’s side is determined not to part with their star player, especially with limited time to secure a replacement, as the transfer window is closing. This could potentially make any higher bid ineffective as the Reds won’t want to part with a top goalscorer.
The Saudi Pro League’s Persistent Hunt for Salah
Reports from Sky Sports suggest that the PIF (Public Investment Fund), the owners of Al Ittihad, and the Saudi Pro League are actively pursuing Salah, and they appear to be unconcerned about the financial cost of acquiring the player.
The PIF’s efforts could also be attributed to Salah’s status as one of the most recognisable Arab players in the world among other factors such as his achievements.