The Reds are one step closer to bringing in Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah after reports emerged claiming personal terms have been agreed.
Liverpool’s chase for additions ahead of the 2017/18 season is set to be a long one across the entire summer, but the signs are that one key addition could be made sooner rather than later.
The somewhat large stumbling block remains an agreement with his club, after the Anfield club had a £28 million bid turned down—and no further talks have taken place, according to latest reports.
Quotes from the Roma president earlier on Monday alluded to the teams being some distance apart on an agreement.
There have been suggestions that the Reds will splash out a club record fee to land Salah, a former target in 2014 before he joined Chelsea, but Sky’s report indicates the Reds are looking elsewhere in case a deal cannot be reached.
Lazio’s Keita Balde is one alternative, while Liverpool are also still pursuing a difficult deal for centre-back Virgil van Dijk and looking for a new left-back.
Another example of potential power play, the Anfield club could be very likely allowing the news that they are considering alternatives to force Roma’s hand, especially given Lazio are their arch rivals and would receive a hefty fee for Balde.
By the same token, the Roma president’s comments about a deal not being close is geared toward receiving the best possible deal for his club.
The talks will doubtless drag on for some time, but the move for Salah certainly feels like one which will happen eventually for Liverpool—three years after they first tried to target him, much like Sadio Mane who joined one year ago.