Saudi Salah Bid Swiftly Dismissed

Mohamed Salah has been the subject of a £60 million bid from a Saudi club, but the offer has been dismissed by both the player and the club.

As the most famous Muslim player on the planet, the only surprise perhaps is that an offer didn’t come sooner, with the Saudi league splashing the cash on household names following investment from the country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

Steven Gerrard recently ruled out any attempt to sign Salah for his Al Ettifaq side, but rivals Al-Ittihad, the club that signed Fabinho for £40 million, have stepped into the fray.

Saudi publication Al-Riyadia attribute news of the bid to an unnamed source, along with the information that the Egyptian was set to be offered £155 million in wages over the course of a two-year contract. Such an offer would put Salah alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema as one of the Saudi league’s highest earners.

As has often been the case with bids from Saudi clubs this summer, the offer featured bumper wages but this was not matched by the proposed transfer fee. Fans quickly took to social media to dismiss the £60 million offer as derisory.

In any case, such a move was swiftly dismissed by the player’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa, who took to Twitter in response to the speculation.

Other sources have added that whilst Salah remains committed to Liverpool for at least the coming campaign, he may consider a move to the Saudi league next summer, with the 31-year-old reported to want to see how the wave of investment plays out before deciding on his future.

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