Liverpool have had a bid rejected by AS Roma for Mohamed Salah with the Reds’ offer of £28 million not meeting the Serie A club’s demands.
After shocking supporters last season by paying £34 million to sign Sadio Mané from Southampton, Liverpool look to be back to lowballing the clubs who they want to sign players from. Virgil Van Dijk’s agents are reportedly angered by a change in wage offer and it could scupper a move for the Dutchman.
Similarly, Liverpool have bid below what Roma are asking and have been rejected. According to Dominic King of The Daily Mail, Liverpool have had an initial bid of £28 million rejected by Roma for Salah and the Italians are looking for a fee closer to £40 million.
Salah has been identified by Liverpool as being a player that can add to the club’s attacking lineup. With 15 goals and 11 assists in Seria A last season, the Egypt international represents a significant attacking threat out wide, something Liverpool lacked last season when Sadio Mané.
If Liverpool want to sign Salah, however, they will need to cough up and pay £40 million.
According to Dominic King, once news emerged regarding Liverpool’s failed bid for Salah, there was nobody willing to comment on the situation at the club. That being said, the former Chelsea man is a primary target for Liverpool and King indicates that negotiations are expected to continue to sign Salah.
Signing Salah, even for as much as £40 million, would represent good business from Liverpool and would go a long way to fixing an issue that the club has. The lack of depth that the Reds has means that Jürgen Klopp needs to hold onto all his current first team players and bring in more quality to ensure that his side enters the Premier League and the Champions League next season with a well-balanced squad.
A front line of Salah, Roberto Firmino and Mané, with a supporting cast of Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana, is one which presents a very credible attacking threat and one which could pose problems to the biggest sides in Europe.
Signing Salah could be huge for Liverpool, but it will require the Reds to stop being stingy and pay up, with Roma demanding around £40 million.