Liverpool Declines £150 Million Mo Salah Bid from Al Ittihad: What’s Next?
The Offer That Wasn’t Enough
In a move that has sent ripples through the football world, Liverpool have turned down a staggering £150 million offer for their talisman Mohamed Salah. The bid came from Saudi Arabian outfit Al Ittihad, a club keen to make a statement in the Saudi Pro League. The offer landed on the desk of Mike Gordon last Thursday evening, but it appears that Liverpool are not willing to part ways with their star player this summer.
The Financial Breakdown
The proposal from Al Ittihad was structured with a guaranteed £100 million upfront, sweetened by an additional £50 million in add-ons. Despite the eye-watering numbers, Liverpool remain resolute in their decision to keep Salah within their ranks.
🚨 EXCLUSIVE: Liverpool reject verbal bid worth more than £100m + substantial add-ons from Saudi Pro League to sign Mohamed Salah for Al Ittihad. Proposal made on amicable call to Mike Gordon last night. #LFC view as case closed, #SPL do not @TheAthleticFC https://t.co/lHbEJ3yLGZ
— David Ornstein (@David_Ornstein) September 1, 2023
The Clock is Ticking
With the Premier League transfer window nearing its end, Liverpool find themselves in a precarious position. Should they decide to part ways with Salah after the Friday deadline, they would be left without the option to find an immediate replacement until the January transfer window.
Klopp’s Firm Stance
When questioned about the situation during a Friday morning press conference, Jürgen Klopp was unequivocal. “The position remains the same, absolutely,” Klopp stated. He further clarified that as far as he was aware, no formal offer had been received, but he also noted that his lack of knowledge on the matter “doesn’t mean a lot.”
What Lies Ahead for Mo Salah and Al Ittihad?
It’s unclear whether Al Ittihad will return to the negotiation table with a more enticing offer. Their ambition to bring an Arab icon to their emerging league is evident, but Liverpool’s resolve seems unshakeable for now. With the transfer window closing imminently, all eyes will be on both clubs to see how this high-stakes saga unfolds.