Al-Hilal are reportedly interested in bringing Mohamed Salah to Saudi Arabia, with Al-Ittihad also chasing the Liverpool winger.
With Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund owning both clubs, though, the source of their wealth both stems from the same avenue, meaning Al-Hilal can match the rumoured £200m bid Al-Ittihad will soon make for Salah.
Having already spent £300m this summer on the likes of Neymar, Ruben Neves and recently Aleksandar Mitrovic, Al-Hilal have splashed the most cash out of any club in the world this window on new players.
And the Saudi Arabia giants could make one last giant play before their window shuts on Thursday for Salah, though Al-Ittihad remain favourites for the Liverpool star.
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Indeed, it will be a stressful few days for Liverpool as Saudi Arabia interest ramps up for Salah, and interest from a second club will do little to calm the Reds’ nerves.
Salah can’t be allowed to move to Saudi Arabia this week
Having signed Neymar and Neves already this summer, Al-Hilal have been the big hitters for Saudi Arabia’s spending spree in football, and Salah could now be their next target.
With no limit on how much they can spend, PIF greenlighting a world-record offer for Salah is firmly on the table regardless of which club ends up signing the 31-year-old Liverpool star.
And as a result, the Reds can’t allow such a deal to happen this week, with Salah someone Liverpool have to keep hold until 2024 at the earliest.