Al-Ittihad want to make Liverpool forward Mo Salah the face of the Saudi Pro League for years to come, according to reports.
The Egypt international is the subject of strong interest from Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad with the club already bringing in Fabinho, Jota, Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante this summer.
Liverpool have already been stung this summer with the unexpected departures of Fabinho and Jordan Henderson this summer with the Reds still looking for another midfielder after bringing in Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai and Wataru Endo.
And a report yesterday in Saudi Arabian publication Arriyadiyah that Al-Ittihad are ‘getting closer’ to sealing a deal for Salah this summer.
It is understood that Salah was keen to complete the Premier League season at Anfield before making the move but Liverpool ‘opening of the door to negotiations [has] made him consider the Saudi offer very seriously’.
Another report yesterday from Italian publication Sport Mediaset insisted that Salah had ‘enraged’ and ‘greatly irritated’ Jurgen Klopp by entertaining the offer and giving ‘the green light’ for Al-Ittihad to approach Liverpool.
The Athletic and Fabrizio Romano have revealed that the Premier League club have no intention of allowing Salah to leave this summer and especially not so close to the end of the transfer window.
But beIN Sports (via the Evening Standard) insist that a deal ‘has been agreed’ between Salah and Al-Ittihad for £191m a season over three years, meaning he would earn £573m in that time.
The Sun claim Salah has been made a ‘David Beckham-like offer’ from the Saudi Arabians and ‘want him to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema as the face of the Saudi Pro League’.
They give different details of the deal, though, claiming Salah will earn a £100m basic salary with a five-year contract on the table, while he will also benefit from ‘a private jet or unlimited plane tickets for his family and an offer to become an ambassador for tourism and investments in Saudi Arabia – which will further boost the player’s pay’.
Al-Ittihad are ‘desperate to land Salah and will push until the end of the transfer window’ and the Egyptian is ‘seen as a more valuable asset to the country than any of the signings so far because of his massive influence and being a superstar in the Middle East Arabic countries and Gulf peninsula’.
As reported elsewhere, The Sun insist that Liverpool ‘do not want to sell’ Salah this summer and the ‘only way’ Klopp ‘will let him leave is if the Reds’ 187-goal forward forces it’.
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