Saudi Pro League’s Strategic Summer Plan for Mo Salah
The Saudi Pro League is set to make another ambitious move to acquire Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah next summer. Despite a previous bid of £200 million from Al-Ittihad being declined, plans are underway to strategically court the Egyptian football star.
Last summer, Al-Ittihad’s astonishing £200 million offer caused ripples at Anfield, but Liverpool managed to hold firm. In the coming months, a more nuanced strategy will be employed to entice Salah, who continues to dominate the footballing world.
SPL’s Expansion and Salah’s Exceptional Status
Having invested £750 million in new talent during the previous window, the Saudi Pro League is expected to moderate its spending due to existing broadcast and commercial commitments. However, Salah, an icon across the Arab world, remains a notable exception. His stature, even surpassing that of Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr, marks him as a pivotal target.
Salah’s Influence Extends Beyond the Pitch
Over 10,000 Egyptian supporters attended the Club World Cup match at King Abdullah Stadium, underscoring Salah’s immense popularity. The SPL’s expansion, part of Saudi Arabia’s broader economic diversification, is amplified by such fervent support.
With only a year remaining on Salah’s £300,000-a-week contract next summer, Liverpool faces a critical decision. They must either secure Salah with a substantial offer or capitalise on the lucrative bid from the Saudi Pro League.
Salah’s Future: A Balance of Sport and Finance
Despite the temptation of a tax-free £1.25 million-a-week salary from Al-Ittihad, Salah’s decision may hinge on his sporting ambitions. His substantial off-pitch earnings, estimated at £46.8 to £53.7 million annually, allow him a choice between financial gain and the pursuit of further Premier League glory.