Liverpool have told Saudi Pro League champions Al-Ittihad that they do not intend to sell star winger Mohamed Salah for any price this summer.
The Saudi Arabia side has continued their audacious efforts to sign the Egyptian on a big-money deal.
But the Premier League side are steadfast in their stance that their star player is not for sale this summer, having already lost Fabinho and captain Jodan Henderson this summer.
Fabinho joined Al-Ittihad in a £40 million deal, while Henderson joined Steven Gerrard’s Al-Etifaq side for an undisclosed fee. Both players are earning way more than they did at Liverpool in Saudi Arabia, and they are fears the Gulf nation’s mega riches could tempt Salah.
According to a report by Sportsmail, Al-Ittihad are willing to pay Salah around £77 million a year to join them. The team is managed by former Tottenham and Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo, and they have also signed N’Golo Kante and Karim Benzema.
The SPL winners view the Salah as a potential crown jewel ahead of their participation in the Club World Cup this winter, which is held in Saudi Arabia.
But the 31-year-old forward, arguably the most popular Arab athlete in the world, would now have to tarnish his Anfield reputation by forcing a move away after Liverpool firmly stated they would not play ball with offers of any size.
Salah is the best-paid player in Liverpool’s history and signed a new deal last summer worth around £350,000 a week. He has two years remaining on that contract and is now part of the Reds’ leadership group after Jordan Henderson’s exit, and is a crucial player for Klopp.