Liverpool have agreed on a £90,000 per week contract with Mohamed Salah, according to reports, and now all that remains is for a fee to be agreed with Roma.
Paul Joyce of the The Times reports that Liverpool have agreed personal terms with Roma forward Mohamed Salah over a summer move to Merseyside. The Egyptian winger nearly joined the club in 2014 but a more attractive offer from Chelsea left the Reds empty-handed.
Formerly of FC Basel, Salah will receive £90,000 per week after verbally agreeing to a move to Liverpool. Negotiations will continue with Roma as the player’s fee continues to be the divisive factor in a deal which would see the Reds procure a winger that scored 15 goals and assisted 11 during the 2016/17 season.
Roma are said to be holding out for £35 million for Salah, despite initially demanding £40 million for the winger. Liverpool have already had a £28 million bid rejected by Roma but are confident that a deal can be struck.
Signing Salah for £35 million would mean he would join Andy Carroll as the club’s most expensive player, although there is a chance he could cost more than the Englishman.
With Liverpool likely to be in the Champions League next season, pending a two-legged playoff in August, Jürgen Klopp is looking to bring in players capable of playing with the big boys and Mohamed Salah is just that.
Although there is a lot of excitement in the Liverpool fanbase about the prospect of Salah signing, opposition fans are more sceptical about him. A lot has been made about his football IQ and technical ability which seemed to vanish under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea only to reappear on loan spells in Italy.
In all honesty, given Mourinho’s defensive footballing brand, it would come as no surprise if an attacking player’s true talents were suppressed under the Portuguese manager. The likes of Anthony Martial are testament to the damaging effects of playing such a style of football with young, attacking players.
This won’t be the case under Jürgen Klopp. Although the German’s sides tend to be defensively fragile and this is a valid criticism of him, he knows how to get attackers to flourish. Adam Lallana’s late blossom under his tutelage is evidence to this.
While Salah might not need all that much guidance to improve his attacking output, his performance may dip under Klopp for a while until he adapts to the German’s footballing philosophy but he will certainly excel under the former Borussia Dortmund coach before too long.
At £35 million, it seems as though Liverpool have attempted to recreate their signing with Sadio Mané last season who cost the club £1 million less.