Liverpool Closing In On Second Signing Of The Summer
With the signing of Chelsea youngster Dominic Solanke wrapped up and ready to officially go through on July 1, Liverpool are also closing in on a second deal of the summer.
For the last couple of weeks, news has surfaced that the Reds have been pushing to sign winger Mohamed Salah, and recently it emerged that a bid in the region of £28 million was rejected by Roma.
However, Liverpool have upped their game in the transfer fee department, with a £35 million offer seemingly enough to see the Egyptian sign for the club.
The Guardian reports that Liverpool are close to finalising a deal, and it could be sealed this week.
Meanwhile, yesterday, Mohamed Alkawaleny, a commentator for BeIN Sports reported that a deal for Salah to Liverpool is pretty much a done deal.
Liverpool fans are already getting excited about the prospect of having the frightening pace of Sadio Mane and Salah racing down the flanks next season - particularly given the fact that the 24-year old has been a target at Anfield for quite some time.
The Reds were desperate to land the Egyptian winger back in 2014, before he was signed by Jose Mourinho and Chelsea after a couple of impressive displays against the Blues when playing for Swiss side Basel in the Champions League.
Speaking back in 2014, Salah detailed how the potential deal from Basel to Liverpool collapsed while confessing his admiration for the club.
"They had opened talks in October 2013. Negotiations took a long time, because Basel rejected more than one offer. They felt the transfer fee was not that high. I was waiting for Liverpool because I really like Liverpool. I was eager to join them," he told told MBC Masr via Four Four Two.
He then went on to explain why he elected to move to Chelsea, with then Blues boss Jose Mourinho the primary factor.
"But then I received a phone call from Mourinho and that changed everything. He explained the situation to me and told me that he needed me at Chelsea. That was one of the main reasons why I joined Chelsea."
While recalling the conversation he had, "Mourinho told me that he thought I was a good player and that he wanted me to pick Chelsea."
Salah endured a nightmare stint at Stamford Bridge, making just 19 appearances and subsequently being loaned out to both Fiorentina and Roma after failing to nail down a starting spot.
Having joined Roma permanently for £16 million, he rediscovered his form and played a key role in a domestic campaign that saw the Giallorossi finish second to Juventus in Serie A, with Salah scoring 15 goals Salah was a key player for Luciano Spalletti who contributed 15 goals and registering 13 assists in 31 appearances in the league.
And his performances and experience in the Champions League with AS Roma and Basel made him a top target for Klopp as he heads his charges back into the Champions League next season.
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