According to Simon Jones of The Daily Mail, Liverpool are ready to make a fresh move for Mohamed Salah despite Roma holding out for a £40 million transfer fee.
Liverpool have already had a £28 million bid rejected by Roma and haven’t made a second offer yet as the Reds have refused to pay over the odds. On Monday night, Simon Jones of The Daily Mail reported that the Merseyside club is ready to make another move for Salah.
Offering wages of £90,000 a week, Liverpool are prepared to almost double the winger’s wages with Roma only paying the former Chelsea and FC Basel wideman £50,000 a week.
The issue is not player wages, however, but the matter of agreeing on a transfer fee with Roma as the Italian club are prepared to hold out for close to £40 million whereas Liverpool will push to sign Salah for £35 million.
Jones writes that negotiations are continuing between Liverpool’s sporting director Michael Edwards and Roma’s Monchi.
Signing Salah would be brilliant for Jürgen Klopp in that it would offer the German gaffer more options in attack. Last season, Liverpool struggled whenever Sadio Mané was absent as the side completely lacked pace and that ability to run in behind defenders which the likes of Adam Lallana simply can’t offer.
Similarly, having Salah in the side means Klopp would have the option of playing Philippe Coutinho in midfield while being able to field two wingers. He played the Brazilian as a no.8 in a 4-4-2 for the last two games of the season but Coutinho would be able to pull strings from deeper in a 4-3-3 or 4-3-2-1 just as well.
It’s time for Liverpool to get the deal across the line. With Champions League football almost certainly back on Anfield Road next season, having players like Salah who have experience of the competition is hugely important.