According to The Liverpool Echo, a deal for Mohamed Salah could be in danger with Liverpool refusing to pay over the odds.
Déjà vu? This exact situation occurred three years ago when Liverpool refused to pay FC Basel what they wanted and Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea swooped in with a more attractive package.
Liverpool are refusing to “be held to ransom”, according to The Echo’s Ian Doyle.
Roma are looking for a fee in the region of £35 million and have already rejected Liverpool’s bid of £28 million.
This report falls directly in line with what AS Roma’s owner said at the weekend, denying any deal had been agreed.
Roma’s owner James Pallotta said, “For now there is nothing. They continue to make offers for many of our players.
“If this is the case, three or four of our best players could leave.
“We will see, but to improve we need four or five reinforcements.”
Over the years, Liverpool have missed out on many top targets due to a failure to pay what is demanded.
With the likes of Willian and Christian Eriksen succeeding at rival clubs in the Premier League, Liverpool’s stinginess has come to bite them in the arse time and again.
The Echo reports that the Reds will turn to alternative targets if a deal doesn’t materialise but it’s difficult to see Liverpool finding a player who would cost less and suit Jürgen Klopp’s side as well as Salah does.
Adding the Egyptian to the side would see Liverpool afforded a level of depth that wasn’t available last season and failure to see the deal across the line would be damning.