Mohamed Salah’s much-anticipated transfer to Liverpool is nearing completion with his medical set to go ahead on Thursday.
The Telegraph are reporting that the £39 million transfer, which will make Salah the most expensive African player in history and also Liverpool’s record signing, will finally be completed after almost a month of negotiations.
The Reds opened negotiations with a bid of £28 million, which was rejected by Roma, who have now held out for almost the £40 million for the Egyptian.
Salah almost joined Liverpool in 2014 before opting to join Chelsea instead. But things didn’t work out at Stamford Bridge, and he departed for Italy just a year later.
He’ll be hoping things go better for him at Anfield, where he will add some extra pace to the Reds attack, which suffered badly when Sadio Mane departed for the Africa Cup of Nations and spent time out injured.
All in all, it’s a good start to the summer for Jurgen Klopp.
The Mirror are reporting that the spending may not stop there, with the Reds expecting to break their transfer record twice more this summer.
The Reds looked close to agreeing a £50 million deal for Virgil van Dijk earlier in the summer, only for Southampton to make a complaint to the Premier League over allegedly tapping him up illegally.
But the Mirror say interest may be revived, along with four other signings at Anfield.
A centre-back and centre-midfielder are the priority, and the Reds have also been strongly linked to RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita.
However, these moves are purely speculative at the moment and look a long way off.
Finally, despite targeting a midfielder, the Reds have no intention of selling Emre Can this summer.
Juventus were reportedly interested in the 23-year-old, but despite him only having one year left on his contract, the German looks set to stay at Anfield, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Reds are prepared to lose Can on a free next summer if talks over a new contract continue to stall, but Jurgen Klopp is a huge admirer and it’s likely negotiations will continue throughout the new season.
Despite suffering a dip in form earlier in the season, Can played an important part in helping Liverpool to fourth place in the Premier League and a return to Champions League football. He’ll be a huge asset to have if he stays.
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