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Transfer saga to watch: Liverpool trying to hold on to Mohamed Salah and Joe Gomez as Al-Ittihad aim double swoop

Liverpool have sold Jordan Henderson and Fabinho to Ettifaq and Al-Ittihad, respectively, while Roberto Firmino joined Al-Ahli on a free transfer after his contract ended.

The Reds made £52 million from selling the two midfielders and Al-Ittihad are willing to offer them mouthwatering cash to sign both Mohamed Salah and Joe Gomez, but the Merseyside club are unwilling to lose their key players at this stage of the summer transfer window.

The Saudi Pro League club have also snapped up Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante on free transfers and are ready to bolster their squad at both ends of the pitch by going after the Liverpool duo.

Al-Ittihad are willing to offer around £130 million to land Salah and are ready to offer him similar wages to what the highest-paid players in the league currently earn.

Neymar earns £2.5m a week with Al-Hilal, Benzema pockets £3.3m-per-week while Cristiano Ronaldo earns £3.5m weekly at Al-Nassr, which is ten times the £350,000 Salah earns per week at Liverpool.

Gomez earns £80,000-per-week, and while he may cost just around quarter of what Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are willing to pay to land Salah, he could be handed times three of what he is currently taking home at Liverpool.

The England international came off the bench after Virgil van Dijk was sent off against Newcastle United on Sunday, and while Darwin Nunez has been getting all the plaudits for his brace as the Reds left it late to secure all three points in the 2-1 win, victory would not have been possible without the resolute performance Gomez put in at the back.

However, he remains behind the Liverpool captain, Joel Matip and Ibrahima Konate in the pecking and is also behind Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold in the full-back positions despite being a very important player.

Gomez last played for England in 2020 and the 26-year-old will have to start playing regularly to get a chance of making it to Euro 2024.

Al-Ittihad are offering him a spot in the starting XI and more money than he can ever earn in Europe, and it would not be surprising if he is tempted to leave.

Liverpool have a huge fight on their hands to keep the defender and Salah, and while many expect the duo to remain at the club beyond this summer, never say never.

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