One would have thought that by now Liverpool could have made their first signing of the January transfer window as Brendan Rodgers seems to want to do his deals nice and early. A player that has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool this January is Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah.
The 21-year old Basel winger, dubbed the Egyptian Messi, would be a great addition to the Liverpool side as he is capable of coming straight into the starting lineup and contributing positively. All too often Liverpool have signed squad players who can not make the side straight away, but in Salah there would be a quality player able to add pace, skill, assists and goals straight away.
It had been thought that this deal would have been sealed as soon as the window opened but we are still waiting. One bit of news coming out from this story is claiming that Salah’s agent (via Goal Italia’s Fabrizio Romano) says talks with Liverpool are still ongoing regarding this potential transfer:
One of the possible reasons this transfer is taking so long is that there seems to be no common ground between Basel and Liverpool in terms of a transfer fee. No one really knows how much Basel want for the transfer but it is being suggested in some quarters that the Swiss side want £15million with Liverpool not willing to meet that figure.
Liverpool will surely have their reasons for not wanting to splash out that amount, maybe they are saying that he is still young and untested in the Premier League, therefore his fee should be lower?
In the past Liverpool have missed out on some good signings because they were not willing to meet the transfer fee.
Sometimes it is worth taking a gamble on a player and just paying a high transfer fee, and I think Liverpool should do that with Salah before we miss out on him and he joins another club. As his agent has stated, there are other clubs after him and the delay may also be due to Salah weighing up his options. Liverpool must go out and show Salah how much they really want him and get him to join the club as soon as possible.