Liverpool have rejected Al Ittihad’s opening offer for .
The Saudi Arabia Pro League club’s first official bid was, according to The Athletic, well in excess of £100million, plus significant add-ons, but was instantly rebuffed Liverpool director Mike Gordon on Thursday night.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Sunday’s game against Aston Villa, Jurgen Klopp maintained his stance that his star forward was not for sale, saying there was ‘no offer as far as I know’.
Liverpool consider the matter dealt with but the Saudi’s are unlikely to be deterred and are almost certain to return with an improved offer.
While Premier League clubs are unable to sign new players before January 1 once tonight’s 11.00pm deadline passes, Saudi Arabian clubs are able to continue recruiting players to their competition up until September 20.
Speaking last week at the need to regulate and unify the global transfer window, Klopp said: ‘I understand that it is not cool for us (Saudi Arabia). What makes it not possible to deal with, is our transfer window closes and theirs stays open… how can we react?
‘We had it in the past with Russia, they had a different transfer window but that was not crazy money.
‘But the authorities should make clear that if you want to be part of the system then you do your business at the same time.
‘I am pretty sure FIFA could do it like this if they want to.’
Salah signed a new three-year contract last summer, which made him the highest-paid player in Liverpool history on around £350,000 per week.
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