Liverpool have turned down a mammoth £150 million offer from Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad for star forward Mohamed Salah.
The bid, which was communicated to Liverpool chairman Mike Gordon on Thursday evening, consisted of a guaranteed £100m fee plus £50m in add-ons.
However, Liverpool swiftly rejected the offer as they remain determined to keep Salah at Anfield beyond this summer’s transfer window.
The Egyptian icon has been the subject of intense transfer speculation in recent weeks, with Al Ittihad hoping to bring one of the Arab world’s biggest stars to Saudi Arabia’s burgeoning professional league.
But Liverpool are standing firm given the Premier League transfer window closes on Friday. Selling Salah at this late stage would leave them unable to sign a replacement until January.
There is also uncertainty over the exact closure of the Saudi transfer window, with FIFA suggesting it could remain open until September 20th.
When asked about Salah’s future at his pre-match press conference on Friday, manager Jurgen Klopp insisted “the position remains the same, absolutely. We cannot [sell Salah]. That’s how it is.”
Liverpool will be hoping this mammoth bid from Al Ittihad, which would constitute a record sale for the Reds, will be the end of speculation over their prized number 11 this summer.
With the transfer deadline imminent, it appears likely Salah will remain on Merseyside beyond the window closing, much to the relief of Liverpool fans.