Liverpool Football Club is reportedly standing firm against any last-minute attempts by Al-Ittihad to sign Mohamed Salah before the Saudi Pro League’s transfer window closes on Thursday night. Recent reports have surfaced of a world-record offer worth £215 million, including add-ons, being presented to Liverpool, with Al-Ittihad’s initial bid of £150 million having been rejected a few days ago.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Liverpool’s position throughout this entire saga has been that Salah, who is 31 years old, is not for sale. The club will maintain this stance even if the Saudi champions submit an improved proposal in the next 48 hours. The report states that Liverpool considers the matter closed and is planning to proceed with the rest of the season with Salah in their squad.
If Liverpool can navigate through the day without giving any hope to Al-Ittihad regarding a potential sale, it may be sufficient to retain Salah’s services for the remainder of 2023, at least. It has been suggested that Tuesday represents the last realistic chance for the Saudi delegation to make a breakthrough in their attempts to secure Salah’s transfer before the upcoming deadline.
Liverpool’s management deserves credit for their unwavering stance on the matter thus far, especially when other clubs might have been tempted by the prospect of receiving £150 million for a player who turned 31 earlier this year. The club undoubtedly recognizes Salah’s immense importance to Jurgen Klopp’s side, and selling him now, without the ability to make new signings until January, would be highly detrimental to both the team and the club, potentially dampening the optimism generated by their promising start to the Premier League campaign.
Fortunately, it appears that Salah himself has no intentions of leaving Liverpool, which provides a significant source of encouragement amidst this unwanted transfer saga. The Reds have shown resilience thus far, and they now need to remain steadfast for just a couple more days to ensure that a nightmare scenario does not materialize.