Liverpool’s opening bid of £28m for Roma’s Mo Salah was yesterday rejected, Paul Joyce of the Times has confirmed, with the Italian club holding out for around £35m .
With only a £7m difference in valuation, it looks very much like a deal could be struck in the not too distant future.
As a result, personal discussions have already taken place with the 24-year-old and his representative. Italian outlet Gazzetta dello Sport (translated for us by Football Italia), suggest that having flown with his agent to London last week, the Egyptian has agreed to wages of €4.5m/season with Liverpool, which translates to roughly £75k/week – an absurd amount of money – but certainly not contextually when you consider Dejan Lovren just signed a £100k/week Anfield deal.
If Salah’s been offered a £75k basic, we can imagine there’s significant performance-related add-ons, just like there is Roberto Firmino’s contract.
The wage is likely an improvement on what he’s on at his current club of course, with Serie A notoriously low payers compared to the Premier League.
Salah enjoyed a rampant season in 2016/17 and will add pace, goals and dynamism to our attack. Not only will his arrival provide backup to Sadio Mane, but provide Jurgen Klopp the option of deploying one on each wing.