The Salah Saga: An Insider’s Perspective
In the ever-evolving world of football transfers, few stories have been as captivating as the summer’s potential mega-deal involving Liverpool’s talisman, Mohamed Salah.
West Ham’s Antonio Weighs In
Michail Antonio, the formidable frontman for West Ham, has recently shed some light on the situation. Speaking candidly about the Egyptian forward’s proposed move to the Saudi Pro League, Antonio suggested that Salah was, in essence, ‘set and ready’ for a new chapter in his illustrious career.
The Bid That Shook the Premier League
Al-Ittihad, the football behemoth from Jeddah, had their eyes set on Salah. Their audacious bid was believed to be in the ballpark of €150 million to €200 million. This figure was not only monumental but had the potential to dwarf the previous Pro League record. For context, Neymar’s move to Al-Hilal was sealed for a mere €90 million.
But as the clock ticked and the English transfer window drew to a close, Liverpool’s hierarchy remained resolute. They were unwilling to part with their prize asset, even in the face of such staggering financial temptation.
Antonio’s Candid Observations
In his appearance on the BBC’s The Footballer’s Football Podcast, Antonio delved deeper into Salah’s mindset. “He didn’t reject the offer. Liverpool made the call, marking him as non-transferable,” Antonio observed.
The West Ham striker further added, “Salah remained professional throughout. But, trust me, he was poised for the move.”
Drawing on Salah’s achievements, Antonio mused, “What’s left for him at Anfield? He’s scaled every peak there is. The move to Saudi Arabia would’ve been more than just football – it resonated with his faith too.”
A Season in the Balance?
Antonio did not mince his words regarding Liverpool’s decision. “Imagine, £215m for a player aged 31. It’s baffling that Liverpool didn’t jump at the offer. Even if it meant a challenging season ahead, sometimes you have to think long-term.”