Mo Salah is “likely” to leave Liverpool “this week” amid interest from Saudi Arabian side Al-Ittihad, according to Jan Aage Fjortoft.
The Reds have already been stung by Saudi Arabia this summer with the Premier League side unexpectedly selling Jordan Henderson and Fabinho.
And there has been strong interest over the last week from Al-Ittihad with rumours they are preparing a €150m offer for the 31-year-old.
Widespread reports have previously claimed that it would take Salah to force a move for him to leave Liverpool this summer with the transfer deadline now only a couple of days away.
But the lure of a rumoured £191m-a-season contract could be too much for the Egypt international to resist, while a bid in excess of €150m would prove hard to turn down for a 31-year-old.
And now former Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and Barnsley striker Fjortoft is hearing that Salah is now “likely” to depart Anfield before the end of the transfer window.
The former Premier League striker, who now works for Viaplay, claimed on Twitter: “I understand it’s likely that Salah will leave Liverpool this week.”
And Liverpool are rumoured to be looking at PSV Eindhoven’s Johan Bakayoko as a potential replacement for Salah with Football Insider claiming that the Reds have been told that a £25m bid ‘would be accepted’.
Chris Sutton yesterday insisted that it would be an “absolute scandal” if Salah were to leave Liverpool before the transfer deadline as he “owes” the Reds and Jurgen Klopp to stay.
Sutton told the Mail Sport podcast ‘It’s All Kicking Off‘: “My thoughts are Mo Salah cannot leave Liverpool at this time to go to Saudi. Just based on the timing of it.
“We’re a couple of days now to the end of the window. I think that would be scandalous if Mo Salah decided to leave and leave Liverpool in the lurch.
“Now, if this was a deal which was in the pipeline a month, five, six weeks ago, do you know what? I’d understand it.
“But I think if he did that, he would, I mean, that would be a real slap across the face for Jurgen Klopp, a guy who actually turned Mo Salah into the world-class player, which he is, a guy who has shown great loyalty to Salah, and I get Salah’s shown great loyalty to Liverpool, but I feel Mo Salah owes Jurgen Klopp one as well.
“Mo Salah still has a lot to offer for Liverpool, and Liverpool are a better team with Mo Salah in it, and Liverpool can maybe challenge Manchester City if Mo Salah stays.
“So I think Mo Salah owes it to Liverpool.”
Sutton added: “I think that’s a big thing, he’s on £350,000 pounds a week. That’s a lot of money, that’s an absolute fortune.
“But if he turned his back on Liverpool right now, it wouldn’t leave Jurgen Klopp enough time to get an adequate replacement if there is such a thing to replace Mo Salah.
“And that would be where, you know, he cannot do the dirty on Liverpool. That would be an absolute scandal.
“He cannot do Liverpool dirty, it would be an absolute scandal.”
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