Liverpool are pursuing a deal to sign Roma winger Mohamed Salah – but also reportedly have a contingency plan should that fail to materialise.
The Premier League side have already put an offer on the table for the Egyptian international, but their £28m bid was knocked back with Roma looking for a fee closer to £35m for the 24-year-old.
While Liverpool may yet decide that Salah is worth the extra £7m and make him their joint-record signing (with Andy Carroll somehow still clinging to that status), Moscow-based journalist Arur Petrosyan has identified Spartak forward Quincy Promes as Jurgen Klopp’s fall-back option.
If Liverpool can’t finalise the Salah deal, Quincy Promes becomes the next on the list. Spartak won’t be as stubborn as Roma.
— Artur Petrosyan (@arturpetrosyan) June 2, 2017
Liverpool were linked with the Dutch international in January and although nothing came of that, he is still apparently a player that Klopp has kept his eye on.
However, while having backups should be a part of any transfer target, the manager has appeared to put many of his eggs in the Salah basket. Widely-respected Italian reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has claimed that the German has contacted Salah directly and sold him his vision for the club, as they end their two-year absence from the Champions League this coming August.
Signing Salah would represent a victory of sorts for Liverpool’s scouting department, albeit three years later and at three times the cost. Brendan Rodgers nearly brought him to Anfield in 2014 in an £11m deal from Basel, only for Jose Mourinho and Chelsea to swoop in and bring him to Stamford Bridge. His subsequent nightmare in London has left him with something to prove in the Premier League, which Liverpool are using to their advantage.
With the wheels on this deal moving relatively quickly, a decision one way or the other should be reached sooner rather than later.
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