Salah to dou­ble wages with mooted move to Liver­pool

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LIVER­POOL are on the brink of mak­ing Mo­hamed Salah their club-record sign­ing af­ter he was given per­mis­sion to fly in for a med­i­cal.

The Egypt international has been a pri­or­ity for the Reds since last sea­son drew to a close and talks have been go­ing on since last month with Roma, who ini­tially re­jected a £28 mil­lion (R460m) of­fer for him at the start of of this month.

Michael Ed­wards, Liver­pool’s sport­ing di­rec­tor, has con­tin­ued ne­go­ti­a­tions with Monchi, his coun­ter­part in Rome, and a deal has now been struc­tured that with add-ons, will see Liver­pool pay more than the £35m they in­vested in Andy Car­roll in Jan­uary 2011. The fi­nal fee may be closer to £40m.

Salah, who ini­tially re­jected Liver­pool three years ago to join Chelsea, has agreed a deal that will nearly dou­ble his wages to £90 000 per week.

It could be that Salah, who con­trib­uted 19 as­sists for Roma last sea­son af­ter join­ing them for £13m, now un­der­goes his med­i­cal to­day and his ar­rival would give Liver­pool the pace on the flank that they missed last sea­son when Sa­dio Mane was ab­sent.

Julian Brandt, the Ger­many international, had ini­tially been Jur­gen Klopp’s main fo­cus for a new wide player but he opted to stay at Bayer Lev­erkusen and Salah will be Liver­pool’s sec­ond sign­ing of the sum­mer fol­low­ing Do­minic Solanke.

Vir­gil van Dijk, the Southamp­ton de­fender, had been Klopp’s prime tar­get for this win­dow but Liver­pool were forced to with­draw their in­ter­est af­ter al­le­ga­tions of tap­ping up. – Daily Mail SOCHI: Rested world cham­pi­ons Jerome Boateng and Me­sut Ozil were among the first to con­grat­u­late their po­ten­tial heirs af­ter a youth­ful Ger­many team beat Aus­tralia 3-2 in their Con­fed­er­a­tions Cup opener.

“Good job boys,” the de­fender Boateng tweeted, and mid­fielder Ozil said on the same so­cial net­work: “Con­grats to the whole team to­day.”

The praise ar­rived be­fore the night flight from Sochi to Kazan where Joachim Low’s team ar­rived yes­ter­day with two days to pre­pare for the next, more dif­fi­cult, task against Copa Amer­ica cham­pi­ons Chile.

Low had been crit­i­cised by some for leav­ing out a host of es­tab­lished play­ers such as Boateng, Ozil, Toni Kroos, Mats Hum­mels, Thomas Muller and goal­keeper Manuel Neuer.

The coach wants the stars to get plenty of rest be­fore next sea­son, high­lighted by a planned World Cup ti­tle de­fence. The ab­sence of the es­tab­lished forces also gives Low a chance to test the next gen­er­a­tion of which some could make it to the World Cup.

Mon­day’s match against Aus­tralia was a first in­di­ca­tion, with Schalke mid­fielder Leon Goret­zka the big win­ner while Bayer Lev­erkusen goal­keeper Bernd Leno may have played his last game at the tour­na­ment.

The lively Goret­zka was in­volved in the first goal scored by Lars Stindl, was brought down for a penalty con­verted by cap­tain Julian Draxler and scored the third him­self, his first goal for Ger­many.

“Leon Goret­zka al­ways digs deep, he is tech­ni­cally and phys­i­cally strong and was very good to­day,” Low said in praise of the 22-year-old Goret­zka.

Look­ing at Goret­zka, Low said “you would have ex­pected him to hold onto the ball” ahead of the sec­ond Aus­tralian goal which made the game more lively af­ter Ger­many were ut­terly dom­i­nant in the first half. The whole camp lamented the missed chances, but ev­ery­one was happy to have col­lected three points.

Next up are Chile to­mor­row, with Barcelona’s Marc An­dre ter Ste­gen set to start in goals for Ger­many. Low is look­ing for­ward to see­ing how his team will fare.

“Chile is one of the best teams in the world, tech­ni­cally as well as tac­ti­cally. It will be good for us to see how we keep up with them over 90 min­utes and see if we can match their in­ten­sity for the du­ra­tion,” Low said.

Goret­zka, for his part, will not be afraid as he said: “That’s what the tour­na­ment is there for, to com­pete with such teams.” – dpa

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