Liverpool “would be completely crazy” to sell Mo Salah to Al-Ittihad this month, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The Reds have already rejected an offer worth up to £150m for the Egyptian international but a second proposal is expected before Saudi Arabia’s transfer window closes on September 7th. Even so, Romano predicts that Jurgen Klopp’s side are likely to turn down any bids:
“I expect Al Ittihad will come back with another bid for Mohamed Salah, but Liverpool are very relaxed about the situation. I don’t think it’s going to be something concrete or advanced – every time rumours emerged of a deal being imminent, Liverpool have, both in public and in private, always insisted that Salah is untouchable and going nowhere. I also think selling Salah now would be completely crazy – they have done well to rebuild their midfield this summer, so after all that work, to lose such an important player would be a real shock.”
Romano does, however, say that the situation could change next summer when Liverpool would have more time to find a replacement and the player only has a year left on his contract.
Liverpool’s title ambitions would be dealt a huge blow if Salah leaves now
The Reds have made a surprisingly strong start to the season, taking 10 points out of a possible 12, with some fans even hoping that the club can mount a title challenge.
If Salah were to leave, though, those ambitions would go up in smoke. With the transfer window closed for English teams, he can’t be replaced and, to be honest with you, there is no one available on the transfer market who comes close to his talent anyway.
There is no smoke without fire
It’s hard to believe that Al-Ittihad would be pushing so hard for Salah if they hadn’t been given a tip-off from the player or his agent that he would be interested.
Even if that is the case, a departure is still only likely to happen at the end of the season rather than in the next couple of days.