In preparation for the transfer of key strikers, we are keeping a close eye on new strikers emerging in the Premier League.
British media ‘Football Transfer’ reported on the 4th (Korean time), “Liverpool is trying to recruit Pedro Neto (23) from Wolverhampton Wanderers when Mohamed Salah (31) is transferred in the summer transfer window. Along with Juventus’ Federico Chiesa (24) “He is a striker under consideration,” the report said.
First of all, Liverpool kept Salah in this transfer market. However, Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad has not yet given up on recruiting Salah. British media ‘BBC’ reported, “SPL general director Michael Emenalo said he will not give up on recruiting Salah. He is working hard to bring Salah to Saudi Arabia.”
In fact, he is a soccer administrator who made a significant contribution to recruiting Salah. Emenalo brought Salah from FC Basel (Switzerland) when he was Chelsea FC’s chief scout. I recognized Salah’s talent at a glance with his quick feet and precise left-foot shooting.
Although Salah did not perform well at Chelsea, his skills exploded after he moved to AS Roma. Afterwards, Salah, who headed to Liverpool in 2017, was reborn as a key striker in name and reality. Salah scored 188 goals in 309 games for Liverpool. With Salah’s great performance, Liverpool reached its peak. After reaching the top of the UEFA Champions League (UCL), he also won the English Premier League (PL), a long-awaited title.
He is still Liverpool’s main striker. Salah has started all six games since the start of the 2023-24 season, scoring three goals and four assists. Liverpool was on a roll, recording 6 wins and 1 draw.
While Salah enjoys the trust of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, he is embroiled in rumors of a transfer to Saudi Arabia. According to the British BBC, Al Ittihad, which includes Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante, approached Salah.
Saudi Arabia, with its enormous financial power, is gathering stars who have dominated the European stage. This is not the first time Saudi Arabia has persuaded a big player. The Saudi Arabian club, which has been attracting European stars recently, also approached Mbappe. Mbappe rejected offers from the Middle East, which has enormous financial resources. French media ‘L’Equipe’ said, “Al Hilal club officials came to Paris, France. But Mbappe did not talk to Al Hilal. A transfer fee of 300 million euros (about 423 billion won) was offered to Paris Saint-Germain, but Mbappe and “We were unable to reach a personal agreement,” he said.
Al Hilal is a mega club in Saudi Arabia that Lionel Messi (35) was also targeting. Persuading Messi and Mbappe failed. However, they eventually succeeded in establishing a powerful offensive line by recruiting Neymar. Spanish media ‘Marca’ said on the 14th, “Neymar has agreed to a transfer to Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal. He is scheduled to receive a total of 160 million euros (about 233.2 billion won) in a two-year contract,” and “Al Hilal is PSG. “We plan to pay 60 million euros (about 87.4 billion won) for Neymar’s transfer fee,” he said.
Saudi Arabia spent a total of 700 million pounds (approximately 1.1661 trillion won) in the summer transfer market. It was an unprecedented level among non-European teams. According to data from Deloitte, Saudi Arabia spent the fourth largest transfer fee in the world, following the Premier League, French Ligue 1, and Spanish La Liga. Major transfers included Neymar, Ruben Neves (Al Hilal), N’Golo Kante and Fabinho (Al Ittihad), and Aymeric Laporte and Alex Telles (Al Nasr).
Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad made an unprecedented offer to Salah and Liverpool. But Liverpool eventually caught Salah. British media ‘BBC’ said on the 8th, “Al Ittihad failed to recruit Salah. The Saudi Arabian transfer market is over,” and “Liverpool rejected the offer of 150 million pounds (about 249.8 billion won) for a transfer fee. 215 million won.” “It has not been confirmed whether the offer worth 358.1 billion won was rejected,” the report said.
Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad tried to recruit Salah until the very end. According to the British media ‘Daily Mail’ on the 5th, Al Ittihad went to England directly to persuade Salah to transfer. The director’s will was firm. Manager Jurgen Klopp publicly claimed, “Liverpool will not sell Salah,” and “Salah is happy at Liverpool.”
Liverpool had already rejected an offer worth 150 million pounds from the Saudi Arabian club. According to the Daily Mail, Saudi Arabia is expected to offer 200 million pounds (approximately 344.6 billion won) for final persuasion. According to the BBC’s final report, Al Ittihad offered Liverpool 215 million pounds.
It was a contract in which the player was also guaranteed a huge weekly salary. Sports media outlet The Athletic said, “Al Ihitad offered Salah 1.5 million pounds (about 2.5 billion won) per week.” This is about five times the current weekly wage of 350,000 pounds (about 500 million won).
There was no movement in the summer transfer market. Saudi Arabia’s summer transfer period has also closed. Liverpool succeeded in keeping its key striker.
It is still too early to be reassured. Saudi Arabia plans to recruit Salah in the winter transfer market as well. Director Emenalo said in an interview with Sky Sports, “Salah is one of the best players on the planet. Any player who wants to come to the SPL is welcome. There were no problems during the transaction with Liverpool. It was just that certain terms of the contract were not agreed upon.” “We just couldn’t reach it,” he said, explaining the negotiation process.토토사이트
He went on to say, “I will not give up on recruiting Salah in the future. I will be very happy if I can bring Salah to the SPL.”
Accordingly, Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Wolverhampton’s Neto in preparation for Salah’s transfer. Neto is a winger who is leading Wolverhampton Wanderers’ attack this season. In particular, his performance against Manchester City in the 7th round was dazzling. Neto played as a left attacker and shook up Manchester City’s side. The Manchester City defense was helpless due to Neto’s quick dribbling.
A recruitment war may occur. Neto is a player that Arsenal has already taken note of. According to the Mirror, Arsenal approached Wolverhampton several times to sign Neto. However, Wolverhampton demanded a high transfer fee and Arsenal withdrew from the recruitment war.
Wolverhampton even signed a new contract with Neto last March. They are not willing to give up a young and excellent striker easily. Neto’s contract runs until 2027.
Even with his records, he is a top winger in the Premier League. According to the Mirror, Neto is creating the most chances (18), following Arsenal’s Bukayo Saka (19).