The big Premier League transfers are quickly gathering pace as clubs look to get an early lead on their rivals by snapping up key targets. One of the biggest deals of the summer looks to be edging ever nearer as Liverpool attempt to wrap up the signing of Mohamed Salah from Italian side Roma. With rumours that Liverpool are likely to break their transfer record to sign Salah, this indicates the fee to be around £35m.
Most recent reports say that Salah's agent is currently in Liverpool in an effort to get the deal signed and delivered in the coming days. This has also been backed up by Roma themselves admitting that the sale of Salah looks likely, however they remain resolute in getting that much talked about £35m fee.
So how would Salah fit in at Anfield and is he the kind of player Klopp is searching for in order to push towards a title challenge?
Salah has just enjoyed a tremendous season with Roma, where he was a key player in their results. Helping himself to a very impressive 15 goals in 31 appearances, this is no mean feat in a league where goals are notoriously hard to come by even for the most experienced of strikers. If we compare his key attacking returns to those of the similar players already at Liverpool, we can see that only the magical Philippe Coutinho comes close to matching his numbers.
Salah's 15 goals is 2 more than was notched up by Coutinho and Mane, meanwhile it's nearly double the tally of Adam Lallana's 8. Not only has Salah been prolific in finding the net, he's also been a huge assister for his Roma team mates with a highly impressive 11 assists. This is one area where Salah really stands out in comparison with the other three who mustered just 7 at most.
It's no surprise then to also see Salah leading the way in both key passes and chances created. With only Coutinho closely matching him in this department, it shows that Liverpool perhaps have been missing a player who can regularly create goalscoring opportunities for his team mates. When we look at those stats over all, it would appear that Salah could be a big improvement over Adam Lallana in the attacking areas and offer much needed competition to both Coutinho and Mane.
When it comes to value, if Salah could reproduce those numbers in the Premier League, he would certainly look a snip at £35m in the current climate of highly inflated transfer fees.
Salah also has the bonus of having already played in the Premier League. Despite his time at Chelsea being something of a disaster that ended up turning sour, the experience of spending time in England and the league can only help him in the long run.
When it comes to Salah on the Football Index, with rumours of the transfer gathering pace, so has his trading price. From a settled promotion day price of around £1, he's currently on a steady incline at around the £1.70 mark. The big question will be how he fares once the transfer is completed. As usual, a great way to compare is to see how similar settled players are currently performing. The obvious name would be Liverpool's golden boy Philippe Coutinho who is their highest valued Index player at around £2.20. We don't see Salah being as high profile as the Brazilian maestro though, so it's probably a fairer comparison to look at the prices of Mane, Firmino and Lallana who would be considered the next most high profile Liverpool players.
Mane sits at around £2, Firmino around £1.50 and Lallana around £1.30. We'd put Salah into this group with a price probably somewhere in between that of Mane and Firmino looking a fair call. This would put his value around his current price, which means you should be on the ball with news of his transfer as any profit could soon be taken away after a mini dump.
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