Saudi Professional League team Al Ittihad is said to have put forward a remarkable offer, likened to the style of a proposal similar to what David Beckham received, in an attempt to entice Mohamed Salah away from Liverpool.
Reports emerged on Thursday suggesting that Al Ittihad holds a genuine interest in acquiring Salah from Liverpool and aims to position him as the new figurehead of Saudi football, succeeding Cristiano Ronaldo.
Yet, Liverpool’s manager, Jurgen Klopp, has countered these rumors by affirming that Salah remains dedicated to the club.
He said ahead of the Newcastle match: “It’s difficult to talk about media stories as there’s nothing to talk about from our point of view. Mo Salah is a Liverpool player. There’s nothing there. If there was something the answer would be no (he’s not for sale).
“My life philosophy is I think about a problem when I have it. At the moment, there’s nothing. I said already if there is something, the answer would be no. Is Mo still committed? 100 per cent!”
According toThe Sun, Al Ittihad are desperate to sign the 31-year-old and have offered him close to £100 million per year.
AL-ITTIHAD have made Mohamed Salah a David Beckham-like offer to tempt him to Saudi Arabia, SunSport can reveal.
The mega-rich side are desperate to sign the Liverpool striker and want him to replace Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema as the face of the Saudi Pro League. pic.twitter.com/R75nAAYtz8
— Robbylinon (@MrRobbylinon) August 25, 2023
In addition, the offer includes a private jet or unlimited plane tickets for his family plus a chance to become an ambassador for tourism and investments in Saudi Arabia.
The ambassador role will bring in extra cash on top of the already eye-watering basic salary.
Furthermore, it has been claimed that Salah could be offered the possibility to have shares of a team in the future, with the Saudi government keen for teams to be owned by private owners.
This huge offer is similar to the one Beckham received when he was lured by MLS side LA Galaxy.
The Englishman was offered the chance to set up his own MLS team when he first signed from Real Madrid.
Now, Beckham is a co-owner of Inter Miami, who have brought in the likes of Lionel Messi, Jordi Alba and Sergio Busquets.
Liverpool are said to be unwilling to sell Salah having already sold Fabinho to Al Ittihad and Jordan Henderson to Steven Gerrard’s Al Ettifaq earlier in the summer transfer window.