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Saudi Pro League’s new transfer strategy may have huge impact on fresh Mo Salah approach

Chris Byfield

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Saudi Pro League’s new transfer strategy may have huge impact on fresh Mo Salah approach

The Saudi Pro League has a new transfer strategy that may have an impact on any future approach for Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool are set for a summer of change after Jurgen Klopp announced last month he was to depart the club at the end of the season.

The German’s imminent exit has thrown the futures of Liverpool stars Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold into doubt, with the trio each having 18 months on their current deals.

Salah’s future in particular has been a cause of concern in the past year, with the Egyptian having been the subject of a verbal £150million offer from Al Ittihad last summer.

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That offer was immediately rejected, but it has long been thought the Saudi Pro League are set to make another approach for the 31-year-old.

However, the Athletic claims Saudi Arabia is set to change its transfer strategy, which may affect any future approach for Salah.

The publication has reported, citing sources with a good understanding of the Saudi Pro League, that the division is set to have a summer window of business similar to last year’s.

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That summer Saudi sides disrupted the market and announced themselves as a new destination for ageing players.

However, this year's push will see Saudi clubs target young and mid-career players as opposed to those nearing retirement.

Salah has been linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League (Getty)
Salah has been linked with a move to the Saudi Pro League (Getty)

Of course, while Salah is still at the peak of his powers, having netted 14 goals a claimed eight assists in 20 Premier League games this term, his signing may no longer represent the Saudi Pro League’s long-term.

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However, Saudi Pro League director of football Michael Emenalo said in September that the door is not closed on Salah moving to the Saudi Pro League.

"First and foremost, Mohamed Salah is one of the best players on the planet," Emenalo told Sky Sports.

Emenalo added: "I've said before, privately and publicly that we welcome anybody that wants to come and that includes Salah.

"But we have to do things in a very professional and respectful manner. That's what we're there for, it's what the SPL has been refined to do - bring professionalism, respect of efficiencies, and to do things in a competent way."

Featured Image Credit: Getty

Topics: Football, Mohamed Salah, Liverpool, Transfers, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Pro League

Chris Byfield
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