Liverpool are battling to keep hold of Mohamed Salah with only hours remaining in the transfer window for Premier League clubs.
Saudi Pro League side Al Ittihad have stepped up their efforts to sign the Egyptian, casting doubt over his long-term future at Anfield.
Liverpool rejected a huge bid for the 31-year-old on Friday – transfer deadline day for English clubs.
CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs has since claimed Al Ittihad’s proposal totalled a £150m, adding that the Saudi club are expected to return with another offer worth a staggering £175m.
To complicate matters, the transfer window for Saudi clubs does not close until September 7, meaning Liverpool could lose Salah after they’ve had the chance to sign a replacement.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was asked about the Salah reports at his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of this weekend’s game against Aston Villa, claiming he was unaware of any bid and that the club’s stance was that Salah was not for sale.
“The position remains the same,” Klopp said.
“Absolutely no doubt about that. That’s how it is. Nothing else to say.”
Salah has also kept tight-lipped over his future, despite reports claiming he could be willing to move to Saudi Arabia.
Salah still has two years remaining on the record-breaking £350,000-per-week contract he signed with Liverpool last summer.
The rejected Al-Ittihad offer for Mo Salah was for a total package of £150m. A second offer of £175m is expected, even though #LFC made it clear Salah is not for sale. First bid only verbal. Al-Ittihad sources adamant they will try again.🇪🇬 pic.twitter.com/EJtYs8UPvW
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) September 1, 2023
And his agent, Ramy Abbas, claimed last month that his player has no interest in leaving Liverpool at this point of his career.
“If we considered leaving LFC this year, we wouldn’t have renewed the contract last summer. Mohamed remains committed to LFC,” Abbas tweeted.
Liverpool supporters will hope that Salah’s stance has not changed.