Liverpool ahead Mohamed Salah stays one of many prime targets for the Saudi Professional League and shall be given one other likelihood to maneuver to the Center East this summer time, 90min understands.
Salah was the topic of significant curiosity from Saudi outfit Al Ittihad late in final summer time’s switch window, however Liverpool held agency and declined to half methods with their talisman, whose contract runs till 2025.
With Salah approaching the ultimate 12 months of his present deal, the Egypt worldwide is anticipated to obtain a contemporary strategy from Saudi officers this summer time if he has not inked contemporary phrases earlier than the top of the season.
Sources have careworn to 90min that Salah may be very pleased at Liverpool and the 31-year-old may decide to extending his keep at Anfield, though he isn’t anticipated to decide within the coming weeks. It’s a scenario to be determined later within the 12 months.
Till an exit from Anfield is formally dominated out, Saudi officers will retain hope of convincing Salah to make the transfer. Whereas it was Al Ittihad who obtained approval from the Saudi Ministry of Sport to bid £150m for Salah final 12 months, it’s Al Hilal who’re anticipated to guide the pursuit this summer time.
Salah was on Al Hilal’s shortlist final 12 months however was third title on the listing of targets behind Lionel Messi, who joined Inter Miami, and Neymar, who was signed for a price of €90m earlier than struggling a severe knee damage simply 5 video games into his profession in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi decision-makers have earmarked Salah as one of many prime targets for the division alongside Manchester Metropolis playmaker Kevin De Bruyne, however their pursuit will want a want to make the transfer from Salah, who has a robust relationship with Saudi Professional League director of soccer Michael Emenalo.
Emenalo, who signed Salah throughout his tenure at Chelsea, recently admitted: “Mo Salah, like Messi, [Karim] Benzema, [Cristiano] Ronaldo and the likes of De Bruyne, these are gamers that when there’s a sense of availability for them, we’re keen to pay attention.
“However we additionally perceive that Mo is pleased the place he’s at current and in a historic, fantastic membership at Liverpool. We respect that very a lot and we do not need to come throughout as placing any stress on him.”
Liverpool even have an amicable relationship with the dealmakers in Saudi’s Public Funding Fund. Whereas they have been initially unimpressed with the approaches for midfield duo Jordan Henderson and Fabinho final summer time, the Reds appreciated the respect and direct contact they obtained over Salah when turning down a proposal final summer time. Mike Gordon made it clear by way of telephone Liverpool’s want to maintain maintain of Salah was real and Al Ittihad and wider events concerned walked away to guard the connection.