Al-Ittihad has made a huge offer of $162 million to sign Mohamed Salah
According to CBS Sports sources, Al-Ittihad are ready to put Liverpool’s assurance that Mohamed Salah is not for sale this summer to the test with a €150 million ($162 million) offer for the 31-year-old.
The Saudi Pro League champions have made the Egyptian their top priority between now and the end of their transfer window on September 20th.
They are willing to sanction a deal that would far exceed their country’s transfer record, the $97 million Al-Hilal paid for Neymar earlier this month.
According to sources, the agreement would include approximately $108 million in guaranteed payments to Liverpool, as well as an additional $54 million in performance-related bonuses, not all of which would be easily feasible.
However, the Reds’ stance has been unequivocal throughout the summer. They have no plans to sell Salah, who provided a timely reminder of his continuing talent by assisting Darwin Nunez’s match-winning goal in Sunday’s 2-1 triumph over Newcastle.
“Mo Salah is a Liverpool player and essential for everything we do,” said manager Jurgen Klopp on Friday. “If there would be something, the answer would be no. My life philosophy is I think about a problem when I have it, and there is absolutely nothing at the moment.”
Al-Ittihad, for their part, hope that a compensation package equal to Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo, who are said to make over $216 million per year after incentives and endorsements, could persuade Salah to pursue a move to Saudi Arabia.
However, his representative, Ramy Abbas, stated earlier this month that “if we were thinking about leaving LFC this year, we would not have renewed the contract last summer.” Mohamed has remained loyal to LFC.”
Salah’s new contract is for another two years and makes him the highest-paid player in Liverpool history.
Al-Ittihad’s push to sign Salah in the final days of the transfer season is motivated, at least in part, by their ambition to have a significant impression on the Club World Cup, which they will host in December.
The Saudi champions are also looking for a marquee center back signing, with former Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain defender Sergio Ramos emerging as a possible candidate.
They had indicated interest in both Gabriel from Arsenal and Raphael Varane from Manchester United, but to no effect.