‘Concrete interest’ - Liverpool rocked by major transfer update ahead of Newcastle United clash

Newcastle United v Liverpool: Liverpool’s preparations for Sunday’s game have been dealt a potentially major blow.

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Liverpool winger Mo Salah could be on the move to the Saudi Pro League this summer with reports that Al-Ittihad have ‘concrete interest’ in signing the Egyptian. Salah scored 30 times in all competitions for the Reds last season and has already registered a goal and assist so far this campaign.

However, recent reports have linked him with becoming the latest big name to switch the Premier League for Saudi Arabia this summer. Al-Ittihad have already signed Fabinho, N’Golo Kante and Karim Benzema this summer and could look to add Salah to their squad this summer.

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Salah’s agent Ramy Abbas Issa took to Twitter earlier this month to stress that the winger was committed to Liverpool amid reports then of a potential move to Saudi Arabia. However, David Ornstein has confirmed that Al-Ittihad are still interested in signing Salah and are ‘making a renewed attempt’ at securing his signature - however, Liverpool remain steadfast in their position that Salah is not for sale this summer.

Should he make the switch to Al-Ittihad, Salah would become the fourth Liverpool player to move to Saudi Arabia this summer following Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino’s moves to Al-Ittihad, Al-Ettifaq and Al-Ahli respectively. With just one week of the summer transfer window to go, Liverpool would have very little time to source a replacement for the Egyptian.

The Reds, who currently sit 5th in the Premier League, face Newcastle United on Sunday having not tasted defeat against the Magpies since a 2-1 defeat at St James’ Park back in December 2015.