Liverpool could have an opportunity to sign the perfect replacement for Mohamed Salah in January if the latter is swiped by Saudi Arabia over the coming days. Al-Ittihad are reportedly desperate to land Salah after seeing a bid rejected last week, with the Saudi Pro League’s transfer window still open for business.
A huge offer in the region of £150million was reportedly turned down by Liverpool on Friday, with the Reds opting not to sell Salah in the final hours of the English transfer window. There is still time for a deal to be struck, though, and it has been reported that Al-Ittihad could soon return to the table with an even bigger proposal.
There is no indication that Liverpool are willing to soften their stance, while Jurgen Klopp has insisted that Salah has not asked to leave and looks set to remain at Anfield. However, money certainly talks in football and it remains to be seen whether another Saudi bid would change things for the Reds.
If Salah is sold to Al-Ittihad over the next few days, he would undoubtedly need to be replaced by Liverpool at the next available opportunity. They could do far worse than to pursue a move for Napoli forward Khvicha Kvaratskhelia, who emerged as one of Europe’s finest wingers over the course of last season.
Kvaratskhelia is currently tied down at Napoli until the summer of 2027 but has reportedly been pushing for a new deal in recent months. The 22-year-old wants his salary to be increased to reflect his important standing at the club, with TMW reporting that he is currently among the lowest-paid players in Napoli’s senior squad.
He is said to be earning around £16,000 per week as things stand, which could play into Liverpool’s hands if Napoli refuse to increase his wage before the new year. They could be tempted to offer a substantial pay rise in a bid to bring him to Anfield, with Kvaratskhelia able to serve as Salah’s long-term replacement for several years to come.
It remains to be seen how the situation will play out, though, with a January move likely to hinge on whether or not Salah is still at Liverpool. The Reds have made it clear that he is expected to stay for the foreseeable future and midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai insisted on Sunday that his team-mate wants to remain at Anfield.
“You know it is football, everyone is talking,” said Szoboszlai. “We are really happy that he has stayed. We are of course speaking between each other but he wants to stay, he wants to be here and be with us. We are really happy, we need people in the team like him.”
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