Mohamed Salah’s agent posted a cryptic tweet on Friday, seemingly hinting that the Reds have taken too long in their negotiations to sign the player.
It’s not been a good first week for new chief-executive Peter Moore.
A week ago, Liverpool FC looked set to be spending near enough £100m to bring both Mohamed Salah and Virgil Van Dijk to the club. Now, however, it seems as if both deals have hit the proverbial wall.
We brought you the news yesterday that AS Roma were doing their utmost to price Liverpool out of a deal for Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah and are demanding as much as £40 million for his services. Worryingly, that seems to be £12m more than the club are willing to spend.
Now, to the further frustration of Liverpool fans who like to overanalyse tweets – I myself am included in this – Salah’s agent has seemingly confirmed the Reds have allowed negotiations to drag on too long. Ramy Abbas Issa tweeted on Friday, “good things come to those who don’t wait too long.”
Sometimes, good things come to those who don’t wait too long.
— Ramy Abbas Issa (@RamyCol) June 9, 2017
With the Reds still messing about over the player’s price tag despite having reportedly finalised contract negotiations, it would be no surprise if this tweet is a subtle dig in Liverpool’s direction.
Bizarrely, Liverpool’s failure to close a deal for Salah has led to links with Sporting Lisbon winger, Gelson Martins. The Portuguese is arguably a less talented forward and boasts a release clause of £50m – more than Salah would cost even if the Reds were to meet Roma’s valuation.
With the Reds seemingly set to miss out on two of Klopp’s first choice targets before the window has even opened, sporting director Michael Edwards may well be looking over his shoulder.