Saudi clubs 'plan approach' for Mohamed Salah as Barcelona 'consider' exiting Liverpool star

Mohamed Salah is not thought to be seeking an exit from Liverpool this summer
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Clubs from the Saudi Pro League will reportedly make an approach for Mohamed Salah upon the end of his Liverpool contract next year if they cannot land him this summer.

Salah will soon enter the final 12 months of his Liverpool deal, alongside Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold. The ECHO understands Liverpool are planning as though Salah will stay at Anfield next season.

Furthermore, the player himself released a social media message indicating that he plans to stay on under Arne Slot. It said: “We know that trophies are what count and we will do everything possible to make that happen next season. Our fans deserve it and we will fight like hell.”

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A report from The Telegraph says that Saudi clubs are willing to be patient and make a move for Salah next year, should he fail to sign a renewal in the interim. This summer and next January would be the final two windows in which Liverpool could reap a fee for the Egyptian if he doesn’t.

Salah, who turns 32 next month, saw a £150m bid from Al-Ittihad rejected back in September. Pro League outfits could also make an approach for Manchester City icon Kevin de Bruyne - 33 next month - given his deal expires in 2025.

Both he and Salah would be free to speak to Saudi clubs from January should a renewal not be inked before the new year. Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino both left Liverpool for Saudi clubs last summer.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are said to be considering a return move for Thiago Alcantara, who leaves Liverpool this summer when his contract expires on June 30. AS claims this a move that could happen if Hansi Flick is appointed as head coach following the impending exit of Xavi.

Thiago is not thought to have many options this summer due to his persistent injury setbacks, which have seen him play just once all season. The player can speak fluent German and could play an important role in communication between Flick and Barcelona's players.