According to The Daily Mirror, Roma remain unmoved and will continue to demand £42 million for Mohamed Salah.
Jürgen Klopp is looking to add another winger to his ranks after injury and international duties robbed him of Sadio Mané last season to detrimental effect. As per The Mirror, despite opening talks with Gelson Martins, Liverpool will not drop his interest in Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool are thought to be in preliminary talks with Martins ahead of a potential £40 million move for the Portuguese winger.
As far as Salah is concerned, Roma are steadfast in their resolve and it looks as though the Italian club will continue to demand £42 million for the Egyptian – despite the fact that Liverpool have had a measly £28 million bid rejected already.
Roma don’t want to sell Salah, but if they are pushed to release him, they want their valuation met for a player who was involved in 31 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions last season.
The Mirror reports that Liverpool will continue to negotiate a move for Salah and will only switch focus to Sporting Lisbon’s Gelson Martins once it is clear that a deal for Roma’s pacy winger is impossible.
Liverpool’s need for a new winger is such that Liverpool cannot afford to haggle over loose change. Manchester City’s ruthlessness in the transfer market has been a point that has raised in recent days in comparison to the ineptitude that Liverpool have displayed in their negotiations with Virgil van Dijk.
With Roma asking for £14 million more than what Liverpool have offered, the club needs to ask themselves a few questions to ascertain if he’ll be worth it. Will he score goals? Will he provide assists for teammates? Does he fit in line with Jürgen Klopp’s high-intensity football philosophy? If he ticks all the boxes for what you’re looking for, paying £42 million shouldn’t be an issue.
Also, most Liverpool fans are desperate for Andy Carroll to no longer be the club’s record transfer and signing Salah would change that – even if it’s not the primary motive for signing him.
At the end of the day, Liverpool aren’t going to get anywhere by refusing to meet the demands of the clubs they buy from. This is modern football and if you don’t fall in line, you almost always lose out.