The “Prince of Egypt” Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) is reportedly headed to Saudi Arabia.
“Al Ittihad want to make a big-money move for Salah before the summer transfer window closes,” CBS Sports reported on July 25. But Liverpool are adamant they will not sell him,” CBS Sports reported.
Since joining Liverpool from Italian side AS Roma in 2017, Salah has become the club’s ‘signature player’. Playing mostly on the right flank, he can also play as a second striker and center forward.
Salah has 187 goals and 80 assists in 307 career appearances for Liverpool. With Liverpool, Salah has won the Premier League, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League.
Recently, Salah has been targeted by a Saudi Arabian league team that is attracting some of the best soccer players in the world.
“The Saudi sovereign wealth fund (PIF), the majority owner of four of the biggest clubs in the Saudi Arabian professional league, including Al Ittihad, has long planned to sign Salah,” CBS Sports reported, “and they appeared to be on track to do so in 2024, but that plan has accelerated in recent days. The PIF is determined to bring in Salah before the Club World Cup in December and put together the best possible squad for Al Ittihad.”
메이저사이트 The FIFA Club World Cup, which pits continental champions from around the world against each other, will take place in Saudi Arabia from December 12-22, local time.
If Salah were to move to Al Ittihad, the team’s squad would be formidable. Salah would be joined by Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema and former Liverpool teammate Fabinho.
CBS Sports went a step further, stating that “unless Saudi Pro League rules are changed, Salah’s arrival will force one of the other foreign players at Al Ittihad to leave,” and that “that player will be winger Jota, who joined from Celtic last month”.
Sky Sports reported on May 25 that “Al-Ittihad are ready to go all out to sign Salah. Salah signed a new deal with Liverpool last year and has two years left on his contract. The Saudi Arabian league transfer window closes on September 7.”
“Salah was one of Al Ittihad’s top targets. They are still interested despite the player’s agent Rami Abbas saying he is committed to Liverpool. The final decision is up to Liverpool, but the source said Salah is keen to listen to offers. The Reds have Karim Benzema, Fabinho and N’Golo Kante at the Al Ittihad,” the source added.
Of course, it is highly unlikely that Liverpool will sell Salah. The Reds finished fifth last season and are looking to turn things around.
“Liverpool will not want to sell Salah when the transfer window closes on September 1,” CBS Sports reports, “which is a huge hurdle.”
“Salah’s agent said: ‘If Salah had considered leaving Liverpool this year, he would not have re-signed last summer. Salah said last month that he will remain committed to Liverpool.” Salah still has two years left on his Liverpool contract.
Meanwhile, “Salah could earn more money if he goes to Al Ittihad,” CBS Sports said, explaining that “sources say Salah will be on par with Cristiano Ronaldo (Al Nasr) and Neymar (Al Hilal) in terms of salary.” Neymar reportedly earns £129.2 million ($210 million).