English Premiere League team Liverpool F.C. appears to be coming close to a £35 million deal to sign on Roma’s Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah, as reports suggest the move may be finalised by the end of the week.
Talks were on-going between both parties for a while, and Roma had rejected Liverpool’s original £28 million bid just days ago.
The club’s manager, Jürgen Klopp, however, portrayed his determination to secure Salah, and since the player seems to be happy with the potential switch, an agreement may be within reach after the Merseysiders increased bid.
Mohamed Salah previously played for Egypt’s U-20 and U-23 teams, and has represented Egypt in the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup in addition to the 2012 Summer Olympics. He was debuted on Egypt’s national team in 2011, and recently appeared on the Pharaoh squad in the 2017 African Cup of Nations.
If the transfer does happen, Liverpool will finally acquire Salah after initially aiming to sign him back in 2014, prior to the winger being nabbed by Chelsea straight out of Basel, a Swiss football club. He joined Roma last August for £13m after being on-loan the season before at Fiorentina.
In 2016-2017 session, Salah, 24 years old, scored 19 goals in his 39 league appearances as the team pursued a Serie A title.
Klopp is confident that Salah may be able to provide the team with a quicker front line, creativity on the field, and a wider attacking range. Liverpool has recently suffered from issues with pace during the times that Sadio Mané was not available, such as last January when he travelled to Gabon and represented Senegal in Africa’s Cup of Nations, and again after his knee injury this past April.
Liverpool has shown how determined they are to sign Salah: he may become their most expensive acquisition next to the £35m purchase of Andy Carroll from England’s Premiere League Newcastle United in 2011.
If signed, Salah could expect to earn around £90,000 weekly in Anfield, which is double the salary he currently receives with Roma.
In addition to targeting Salah, Klopp seems keen to obtain Arsenal player Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita hailing from Red Bull Leipzig, as well as Virgil Van Dijk, Southampton defender.