Klopp’s Firm Stance on Saudi move: Salah Not for Sale, Agent Dismisses Sale Speculations

By Xorkpe Sosu 4 Min Read

Mohamed Salah, Liverpool’s forward, has reportedly come to terms for a potential move to Al-Ittihad, according to reports from beIN Sports via Al Jazeera. It’s worth emphasizing that while Salah is said to have agreed to the transfer, a final agreement between Liverpool and Al-Ittihad has not been reached at this stage.

Newly available information from The ECHO suggests that Liverpool has no intention of parting ways with Salah before the upcoming transfer deadline, scheduled for Friday.

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Despite various speculative reports about a substantial offer from Saudi Arabia, it is firmly asserted that Mohamed Salah is not available for purchase. His exceptional goal-scoring prowess demonstrated over the last six years at Anfield has solidified his position as one of the club’s all-time greats.

Insights from the Middle East indicate Al-Ittihad’s strong interest in acquiring Salah, a strategy reminiscent of their successful acquisition of Fabinho from Liverpool through an attractive contract proposal.

Speculations are rife concerning informal negotiations between the Liverpool hierarchy and Al-Ittihad, centering around a prospective deal. This potential agreement might position Salah to earn more than the three highest-paid players in the Saudi League: Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and Neymar.

A central foundation of Al-Ittihad’s investment strategy hinges on Saudi Arabia’s belief that the team can secure victory in this year’s Club World Cup, an event slated to take place within the nation’s borders. As reigning champions of their nation, Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad is set to participate in this year’s edition of the tournament.

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Alongside their recent acquisition of Fabinho during this summer, Al-Ittihad has also successfully secured the services of the Ballon d’Or title holder, Karim Benzema. A potential partnership with Salah would undoubtedly be highly anticipated.

However, it’s worth noting that the Frenchman has encountered challenges under the leadership of the current league champions’ new manager, Nuno Espirito Santo. Additionally, the club has solidified a significant deal by bringing N’Golo Kante from Chelsea into their fold.

In reality, Al-Ittihad has not engaged in any form of communication with the player or his representatives, and they maintain a steadfast stance against selling him. This sentiment is echoed by the player’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, who already dismissed earlier assertions of a move to Al-Ittihad earlier in the month.

“If we considered leaving LFC this year, we wouldn’t have renewed the contract last summer. Mohamed remains committed to LFC.”

One of the closest companions to the Egyptian star, Dejan Lovren, who has maintained a consistent connection with Salah after their strong bond at Liverpool, swiftly responded to the recent speculations with a concise and direct statement: ““Stop lying”.

Jurgen Klopp recently expressed his frustration regarding the incongruity between the Saudi transfer window, which remains open for a substantially longer period than its European counterpart. This extended duration allows clubs to finalize player acquisitions for nearly three additional weeks.

Klopp remarked, “The influence of Saudi Arabia is massive at the moment,” he said earlier this month. 

“Uefa or Fifa must find solutions for that. It’s already influential for us but we will have to learn to deal with it.”

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