The spotlight remains unwavering on the potential transition of Mohamed Salah to Saudi Arabia, as new reports underscore the critical crossroads for Al-Ittihad.
According to sports broadcaster Ben Jacobs, Al-Ittihad remains steadfast in its pursuit of the deal, undeterred by Liverpool’s unyielding opposition to the transfer. Their rationale is grounded in the uncertainty of landing the Egyptian winger in 2024. Meanwhile, Al-Hilal looms as an alternate option for Salah’s potential move next year.
Previously, Jacobs indicated that Liverpool maintained a firm stance, adamantly asserting that Mohamed Salah was not available for transfer. Despite this, Al-Ittihad remains resolute, poised to present a formal offer.
One other interesting sub-plot. Al-Ittihad are intent on trying now despite Liverpool’s stance because there is no guarantee they would be the chosen club in 2024. Al-Hilal viewed as a possibility instead for Salah next year.🇪🇬 https://t.co/M6E3hmDNKp
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) August 28, 2023
Industry insiders reveal the crafting of a substantial $162 million package, with the aim of expediting Salah’s arrival by a year. This strategic move seeks to facilitate his participation in the 2023 Club World Cup, which is set to be held in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Initial reports divulged Mohamed Salah’s expressed desire to part ways with Liverpool in favor of joining Al-Ittihad.
This revelation reverberated throughout the soccer world, casting doubt on his tenure with the Reds. Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas, countered the narrative by affirming his commitment to Liverpool, asserting that, “If we considered leaving LFC this year, we wouldn’t have renewed the contract last summer.”
Should Liverpool entertain the terms of Al-Ittihad’s proposition, it could culminate in the most financially substantial transfer in the annals of the Saudi Pro League. In the realm of a player of Salah’s stature, Al-Ittihad is reportedly marshaling an unprecedented contract package, one that could position Salah as the highest-earning player in the Saudi Pro League, eclipsing even the illustrious Cristiano Ronaldo.
Presently, Salah’s contractual association with Liverpool endures until 2025, the result of a renewal in 2022. Salah’s journey with Liverpool, which commenced in 2017, has etched a prolific legacy, underscored by a commendable tally of 187 goals and 80 assists across 307 matches.
Liverpool adds Jarrod Bowen to the potential replacement list for Mohamed Salah
As the anticipation surrounding Mohamed Salah’s potential departure mounts, Liverpool’s meticulous approach to securing a suitable replacement becomes increasingly evident.
In a recent revelation by footballtransfers.com, Liverpool has marked Jarrod Bowen as a viable candidate for filling Salah’s void. Bowen’s remarkable performance for West Ham this season, registering two goals and an assist in three Premier League fixtures, has caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp.
With a role as a right-winger, Klopp is believed to view Bowen as a prospective short-term solution in the event of Salah’s departure.
— Liverpool FC News (@LivEchoLFC) August 28, 2023
Earlier narratives pointed towards overseas talent, primarily hailing from Serie A and Bundesliga. The Mirror‘s insights indicate that Liverpool has set its sights on Leroy Sané from Bayern Munich and Federico Chiesa from Juventus. These alternatives suggest Liverpool’s proactive strategy to address the potential loss of their prized winger, Mohamed Salah.
In the case of Jarrod Bowen, his impressive track record with West Ham boasts 161 appearances, during which he secured 42 goals and 32 assists. Notably, he tallied 13 goals across all competitions last season, followed by 18 goals in the 2021/22 campaign. Bowen’s contract with West Ham extends until 2025, signaling his continued commitment to the club.
As the transfer window edges closer to its conclusion, Liverpool’s pursuit of these prospects unveils the club’s resolute intent to remain prepared, ensuring a seamless transition should they indeed part ways with Salah.