The Intricacies of Salah’s Potential Move to Al-Ittihad: What You Need to Know
The Morning After: A Transfer Window Saga
Deadline day has come and gone, leaving in its wake a slew of unfulfilled transfer dreams. Yet, the chatter around Mohamed Salah’s potential move from Liverpool to Al-Ittihad refuses to die down. The Reds may have turned down a £150 million bid for their Egyptian talisman, but this story is far from over.
The Saudi Factor: More Than Just Money
The Saudi-led Al-Ittihad are not known for taking ‘no’ lightly. Their ambition is clear: they want to make Salah the world’s most expensive player, eclipsing the £198 million PSG paid for Neymar in 2017. With the Saudi Pro League’s transfer window still ajar until next Friday, Liverpool could soon find themselves contemplating a £200 million offer. Interestingly, Al-Ittihad officials have set up camp in Cannes for these high-stakes negotiations.
Timing is Everything: Why Now?
One can’t help but wonder why Al-Ittihad didn’t act sooner. Their late approach puts Liverpool in a tight spot, given the scant time left to find a suitable replacement for Salah. Is Al-Ittihad’s interest in Salah genuine, or is this more about making headlines? If it’s the former, Liverpool might find the gargantuan sum hard to resist, especially considering Salah’s age.
Not Just Salah: Other Merseyside Offers
Salah isn’t the only player from Merseyside who caught the eye of Saudi clubs. Everton’s Demarai Gray also had an opportunity to make a lucrative move to the Pro League but chose to stay put.
Missed Opportunities: Other Deadline Day Near-Misses
Deadline day wasn’t just about Salah and Al-Ittihad. Patson Daka was linked with AC Milan and Bournemouth but remains at Leicester. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg had a chance to move but stayed at Spurs, and Che Adams could have been loaned to Wolves, but Southampton held firm.