Transfer gossip: Mo Salah talking to Saudis about £1.5m-per-week deal as Liverpool brace for bid

Al-Ittihad want to pair Karim Benzema with Mo Salah and they are prepared to offer the Egyptian a four-fold pay rise. But they will surely have to sweeten the deal for Liverpool…

The Saudi splurge has done Liverpool a couple of favours this summer, with the Reds making more than £50million from selling Fabinho and Jordan Henderson. But Jurgen Klopp is unlikely to welcome the latest Pro League interest in one of his stars…

Al-Ittihad are said to be preparing a bid for Mo Salah worth £51.8million. And, according to Al-Riyadiah, the Egyptian will be offered around £1.5million per week to move to Jeddah to reunite with Fabinho and play alongside Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante.

A source supposedly close to Salah has said that talks between Al-Ittihad and the player are taking place, but the Pro League champions will surely have to make the deal more tempting for Liverpool.

Even if Klopp can keep Salah this season, the Mirror claims Salah will feature among the big names on the Saudis’ list for next summer, with Kevin De Bruyne also said to be a target.

Manchester City have more immediate enquiries to consider, with Barcelona reported to be sniffing around two of their Portuguese stars.

Sport says that Barca have submitted an offer to take both players on loan, which hardly sounds tempting from City’s perspective.

But Barca would accept the obligation to buy Bernardo Silva, who is seen as ‘a distant dream, forbidden fruit’, for £60million next summer.

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The wait for a signing at West Ham continues amid internal squabbles which could yet see David Moyes squeezed out. Moyes wants the Hammers to move for experienced, Premier League-ready recruits, while Tim Steidten, the club’s new technical director is pushing for younger, European talent.

Which probably explains why West Ham are throwing half-hearted bids around for some of the players on Moyes’ list. They won’t pay what Southampton want for James Ward-Prowse; nor will they get close to what Manchester United expect for Harry Maguire or Scott McTominay.

And Ajax aren’t minded to do them any favours. West Ham have offered £25.9million for Edson Alvarez but 90min says the Dutch club want £30million to consider selling the Mexican. Since it is Steidten pushing for Alvarez, it would not be a surprise if the Irons decide to make up the current shortfall.

West Ham will also need a replacement for Gianluca Scamacca, with the Italy striker set to return to Serie A with Atalanta. The Daily Echo says Bournemouth have knocked back an enquiry from the Hammers over Dominic Solanke ahead of the two clubs meeting int he Premier League opener next weekend.

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