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Chris Sutton Criticizes Potential Salah Move to Al-Ittihad

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Former footballer Chris Sutton has expressed his disapproval of Mohamed Salah potentially leaving Liverpool to join Al-Ittihad this summer, calling it a “scandalous” decision. Al-Ittihad, a Saudi Arabian club, is reportedly prepared to offer Salah a contract that would surpass the £173 million-per-year salary of Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has downplayed the rumors of Salah’s departure, and the player’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, emphasized earlier this month that Salah remains committed to Liverpool.

 

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In recent weeks, Salah has been heavily linked with a move to Al-Ittihad, with state-owned broadcaster KSA Sports TV even claiming that Liverpool’s win over Newcastle would be his final game for the Reds. This summer, Liverpool has already seen several key players leave for the Middle East, including captain Jordan Henderson who joined Al-Ettifaq, Fabinho who signed with Al-Ittihad, and Roberto Firmino who departed as a free agent to join Al-Ahli. Former Liverpool star Sadio Mane also joined Ronaldo at Al-Nassr after an unsuccessful season with Bayern Munich. There are now reports suggesting that Joe Gomez may also be on his way to the Middle East.

 

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However, while the Saudi transfer window remains open until September 20, the Premier League transfer window, like those across European football, closes on Friday. Sutton believes it would be scandalous if Salah were to leave Liverpool at this stage, citing the timing as a crucial factor. He expressed his concern about leaving Liverpool in a difficult position just days before the window closes. Sutton mentioned that if the deal had been in the works for several weeks, he would understand it more.

 

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Sutton also emphasized the impact Salah’s departure would have on Jurgen Klopp, stating that it would be a slap in the face for the manager who played a significant role in Salah’s development into a world-class player. While acknowledging Salah’s loyalty to Liverpool, Sutton believes that Salah also owes something to Klopp. If Salah remains with the club, Sutton believes Liverpool could challenge for both the Premier League and Champions League titles this season.

 

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Al-Ittihad has been active in the transfer market, signing Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema and securing the services of N’Golo Kante from Chelsea. A potential partnership between Salah and Benzema at Al-Ittihad would undoubtedly be exciting, although there have been reported issues between Benzema and the club’s new manager, Nuno Espirito Santo, at the current league champions.

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