Report: Liverpool set to make £12m move for ‘Egyptian Messi’ Mohamed Salah

Liverpool are weighing up a £12 million offer for Basel winger Mohamed Salah, according to a report on Saturday.

As we reported earlier this week, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was spotted in Germany watching Schalke’s Champions League clash with Basel on Wednesday night.

Reports at the time suggested Rodgers was eyeing up German international midfielder Julian Draxler, but the Daily Mail reports this weekend that he was indeed scouting Basel’s Salah.

Simon Jones writes in Saturday morning’s paper:

Basel are now ready to sell their prized asset and want around £15m for a player who has been dubbed ‘the Egyptian Messi’ following his goals return of 17 in 26 internationals.

According to Squawka, Salah has scored twice and created seven chances in his six Champions League appearances for the Swiss side this season.

Liverpool could, however, face stiff competition for the signature of the 21-year-old Egyptian international. Jones adds:

Tottenham have also monitored Salah’s progress, notably watching him score against Chelsea in the Champions League home and away.

Rodgers is keen on improving his first-team come January, but a move for an attacking midfielder such as Salah may come as a surprise to fans.

Liverpool have struggled with depth in both full-back positions, and have only Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are recognised, experienced strikers up front.

Liverpool have also been linked with moves for Hamburg midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu and Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore this week.

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