Details of the massive contract Al Ittihad want to offer Mohamed Salah

Al Ittihad would propose a contract that could make Mohamed Salah the highest-paid footballer in the world.

With only a week left of the European transfer window, Al Ittihad have stepped up their efforts to attract Salah – considered a long-term target of the Saudi Pro League.

Various sources indicate that Liverpool have no intention of listening to offers for their record Premier League goalscorer, who has two years to run on his current contract. However, it is thought that Al Ittihad are prepared to test the Reds' and Salah's resolve as they speed up recruitment plans ahead of hosting the Club World Cup in December.

The competition is set to take place in Jeddah and will feature the continental winners of each confederation as well as hosts Al Ittihad. CBS report that "in recent days PIF [are] determined to furnish Al Ittihad with the best squad possible" ahead of the arrival of the footballing world's attention.

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Nuno Espirto Santo's PIF-backed side have already been among the biggest spenders so far this summer, securing eye-catching deals for Ngolo Kante, Karim Benzema, Jota and, of course, Fabinho.

Salah remains Liverpool's most important attacking player, their highest earner (on a reported £350k a week basic pay) and the club's biggest star globally. It is unfathomable that the Reds' hierarchy would sanction any deal at this late stage of the window when finding a replacement – already an incredibly difficult notion – would be nigh-on impossible.

A deal next summer, however, when the forward will be 32 and into the final year of his contract, seems far more possible.

How much would Salah earn in Saudi Arabia?

Sky Sports claim, however, that Salah "would like to listen to what would be on offer", while a separate report from the same site claims Al Ittihad are willing to pay Liverpool more than £100m for the Egyptian, who finished fifth in last year's Ballon d'Or rankings.

Sky say that the offer that Salah would be open to hearing would come in at £1.5m a week in basic pay – more than four times his current Liverpool wage. It should be noted that it has previously been reported that Saudi players are also not subject to income tax, inflating their earnings even further.

For context, Sadio Mane at Al Nassr is reportedly on £650k a week, while another ex-Liverpool man Jordan Henderson is understood to be on around £350k a week at Al Ettifaq.

READ MORE: How much are ex-Liverpool stars earning in Saudi Arabia?

Meanwhile, CBS vary slightly by saying that Salah would be offered a salary "on a par with that earned by Cristiano Ronaldo at Al-Nassr and Neymar at Al-Hilal". That would be mean a salary around £60m ($75m) a year, though it is noted his earnings could more than double through other deals.

The same report also suggests that Al Ittihad have upped their interest in Salah as they attempt to beat out Al Hilal (who had the Egyptian on their shopping list after Neymar) to his services.

Spanish outlet Relevo claims that Salah would actually be offered more money than Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia – thus becoming the highest-paid footballer in the world, if he left Liverpool. They even claim that Al Ittihad's representatives have met with Salah's entourage in Dubai to outline their intentions.

Ronaldo is on a reported £60m ($75m) per year at Al Nassr for his on-field services, though commercial agreements have the potential to see him earn in the region of £160m ($200m) for each year of his Saudi stay.

The appeal of having the Arab world's biggest sporting superstar playing in the Saudi Pro League is clear and the links are unlikely to go away any time soon. While the European transfer window closes on 1 September, the Saudi window stays open for another 19 days – something Jurgen Klopp has previously called 'not helpful' – potentially drawing out speculation.

As recently as 7 August, Salah's agent Ramy Abbas posted on Twitter to dismiss talk that Salah might actually change clubs this summer, claiming that his client is committed to Liverpool.

He wrote: "If we considered leaving LFC this year, we wouldn't have renewed the contract last summer. Mohamed remains committed to LFC."

Salah's friend and ex-Liverpool teammate Dejan Lovren has also been among those to dismiss the likelihood of a deal actually happening.

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