Transfer Speculation: Mo Salah’s Potential Move to Saudi Pro League Raises Questions
Speculation surrounding Liverpool’s standout player, Mohamed Salah, continues to swirl as reports hint at a potential move to the Saudi Pro League.
Throughout the summer transfer window, Salah was heavily linked with a switch to Al Ittihad, with officials from the Saudi Pro League expressing a keen interest in securing a player of his caliber.
A verbal bid of £150 million was reportedly tabled by the league on the eve of the transfer deadline, only to be rejected by Liverpool’s top brass.
Despite contemplations of an escalated bid exceeding £200 million, as detailed by The Athletic, no further substantial offer materialized, leaving the potential deal in limbo.
Recent reports from the Daily Mirror suggest that league officials acknowledged the diminishing timeframe to finalize the deal before the window closed and are now contemplating reassessment in January.
Part of this evaluation revolves around Liverpool’s performance in the Premier League race. With the Reds trailing just one point behind league leaders Manchester City after 12 games, officials are considering whether Salah’s departure would impact their title ambitions.
According to The Telegraph, suggestions now indicate a potential summer departure for Salah instead of a January move.
However, indications point towards Liverpool rejecting any offers for Salah in the upcoming transfer window as they aim to remain competitive across various competitions. The possibility of his sale is hinted at for the summer instead.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has remained tight-lipped amid the ongoing speculation. Before Al Ittihad’s initial bid for Salah was rejected in August, Klopp addressed the situation by stating, “Yes [there isn’t anything to talk about]. It’s difficult to talk about media stories as there’s nothing to talk about from our point of view. Mo Salah is a Liverpool player. There’s nothing there. If there was something, the answer would be no [he’s not for sale]. My life philosophy is, I think about a problem when I have it. At the moment, there’s nothing. I said already if there is something, the answer would be no. Is Mo still committed? 100 per cent!”