Al Ittihad FC interest in Salah became known after the Saudi club made an opening offer of £150 million. The Saudi Arabian club Al Ittihad appears to have conceded defeat in their pursuit to acquire Mohamed Salah from Liverpool.
Saudi Arabia was frantic to sign Salah this summer, despite Liverpool’s insistence that the winger was not for sale. As Liverpool remain steadfast in their refusal to sell Mohamed Salah, Al Ittihad FC have withdrawn from the prospective transfer at least until the January 2024 transfer window reopens.
The Saudi transfer window is scheduled to close today, so Al Ittihad believes it is too late to complete the transfer.
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Liverpool have REJECTED a verbal bid worth more than £100m + substantial add-ons from Saudi Pro League to sign Mohamed Salah for Al-Ittihad. 🇸🇦❌[via @David_Ornstein]. pic.twitter.com/H6uwm0X5LF
— Football Daily (@footballdaily) September 1, 2023
Salah’s Move to Al Ittihad FC Could Rewrite Premier League Records
Neymar, Karim Benzema, and Sadio Mane relocating to Saudi Arabia this summer prompted Al Ittihad to pursue a world-class player. Their interest in Salah became apparent when the Saudi club made an initial offer of $150 million.
Al Ittihad returned with a larger offer that would have made the Egyptian international one of the highest-paid professionals if Liverpool had accepted it.
If Salah accepted the offer, he would surpass Neymar’s 2017 move to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for £200 million. It could also surpass the £130 million transfer of Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool to Barcelona in 2018 to become the most expensive Premier League transaction ever.
To finalize the signing of Mohamed Salah, Al Ittihad was willing to pay a staggering sum of £215 million, which included unspecified add-ons. According to a Daily Mail report, a Saudi delegation traveled to London last week to meet with Mohamed Salah in an attempt to convince him to sign the contract.
Al Ittihad have ultimately turned their backs on Salah as all their efforts appear to be in vain.
When the January transfer window reopens, they will be able to return to England with a more attractive offer.
Champions League Hero Salah’s Impact on Liverpool’s Success
This summer, several Liverpool players, including Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, joined the Saudi Professional League. The majority of the Anfield hierarchy, including manager Jurgen Klopp, have opposed Salah’s release.
Klopp was quoted as saying, “He’s our player, he wants to play here, and that’s it.”
Salah has already established himself as an asset for Liverpool after joining the club in 2017. The 31-year-old winger has scored 188 goals in 309 appearances across all competitions for the Premier League club. In 2019, Salah also played a crucial role in Liverpool’s Champions League victory.
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