Liverpool will not entertain any offers for Mohamed Salah during the January transfer window, according to one report.
The Reds' record Premier League goalscorer was the subject of interest from the Saudi Pro League over the summer, with Liverpool rejecting one bid reportedly worth up to £150m from Al Ittihad.
Though the Anfield chiefs remained unwavering in their stance that Salah, whose current contract is set to expire in 2025, would not be sold during the summer, there is an expectation that the Saudis will return in future transfer windows, when a sale may be viewed as more agreeable to all parties.
Unless Liverpool offer 31-year-old Salah the chance to extend his club-record deal at Anfield, they will face the reality losing him for free in less than two years' time – unless, of course, they agree a sale.
As it stands, the next two transfer windows represent the last chances for the Reds to recoup a fee for their superstar forward, who is on around £350k a week basic pay under the terms of his current contract.
Recent reports suggest the Egypt captain was open to a move to Saudi Arabia and may have had his head turned by the possibility of becoming one of the best paid footballers on the planet.
As indisputably the biggest sporting superstar of the Arab world, Salah remains a top target for the government-backed Saudi Pro League.
However, with the January window just two months away, Football Insider report that Liverpool will 'place a not for sale sign' on Salah this winter and will reject any offer that may come in, regardless of the size of the bid.
It is claimed that, even if Salah were to push for a move, the Reds' standpoint mid-season would not change, while 'huge' interest from the Middle East remains.
Despite a potentially unsettling summer of speculation, Salah has started the 2023/24 season in spectacular form, scoring ten times in 13 games across all competitions to date, as well as registering four assists.
The Egyptian also placed 11th in the 2023 Ballon d'Or rankings, announced this week.
Having resisted overtures during the summer, it makes sense that Liverpool would be even less likely to consider selling Salah mid-season.
In addition, the idea that Salah, a consummate professional since his 2017 Anfield arrival, could attempt to force a move in January – particularly after such a strong start to a season in which Liverpool could challenge for honours again – seems laughable.
While Salah's status as a Liverpool player is surely secure for the remainder of the 2023/24 campaign, the big dilemma will arrive at the end of the campaign.
After such fine recent form, coupled with comments from manager Jurgen Klopp that Salah is still a 'young' player, it is not unreasonable to suggest that the Reds may still be interested in extending their number 11's contract beyond 2025.
However, in doing so they would also risk being lumbered with an expensive asset of declining value well into his mid 30s and pass up the opportunity for a big payday.
There is also the possibility that Salah – knowing the money he can command in the Middle East – may not be open to extending his Liverpool deal.