Al Ittihad are hot on the heels of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and have approached the Reds to explore the possibility of a shock transfer this summer.
It was a couple of weeks ago that reports began circulating of the Saudi Pro League outfit’s interest in Salah, but a fresh report from Rudy Galetti suggests that Al Ittihad are now serious about manoeuvring a deal for the 31-year-old and that Salah is not opposed to the idea of a switch.
The Egyptian holds the utmost respect for Liverpool so will not push for a move, allowing Jurgen Klopp’s side to decide freely over whether or not this is a deal they could sanction.
Talks are now open between the two sides and it is up to the Reds and Al Ittihad to bring a conclusion to this tale.
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Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have already made a number of high-profile signings, as have the other top Saudi sides, including Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema and Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante. Adding Salah to their ranks would be the icing on the cake.
Could Salah actually leave?
Of course, this is not likely to be a straightforward deal and it would certainly not be cheap.
The ‘world-class’ winger is crucial to Liverpool’s success and has been since his arrival from Roma in 2016 – in 218 league appearances he has amassed 137 goals alongside lifting every trophy there is to win in club football.
Not only this, but time is running out in the transfer window. There is just over two weeks to go until the transfer market can no longer be dipped into, meaning the Reds would be desperately clutching at straws to find a suitable Salah replacement in time.
It is a rumour to keep an eye on for now, and hopefully a non-runner for the Liverpool faithful.