Liverpool star Mo Salah has been called up for Egypt’s upcoming games against Ethiopia and Tunisia, but there are reports that his national side has decided to give him a rest amidst the ongoing transfer saga.
Salah has been linked with a move to Al-Ittihad, with the Saudi Pro league club reportedly willing to offer up to £200m.
While Liverpool have rejected previous offers, Al-Ittihad is determined to pursue the transfer until their window closes on September 7.
The Egyptian Football Association has allegedly stated that Salah will not be relied upon for the Ethiopia game, as the team has already secured qualification for the African Cup of Nations finals.
However, he is expected to play in the Tunisia game.
Talks between Liverpool and Al-Ittihad have been ongoing for months, and the Saudi pro League hierarchy has even based themselves in Cannes, France, to conduct negotiations.
Liverpool has repeatedly stated that Salah is not for sale and consider the matter closed.
However, the longer transfer window in Saudi Arabia and the attractive wages on offer may pose a challenge for Liverpool in retaining Salah.
The pursuit of Salah is fueled by his status as the biggest Arab athlete in the world.
Liverpool has already seen several players leave for Saudi Arabia, including Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, and Roberto Firmino.
This article was updated 1 month ago