Al-Ittihad's willingness to pay £200m for Liverpool's Mohamed Salah is like using a CHEAT CODE on FIFA, says Mail Sport's Lewis Steele on It's All Kicking Off transfer deadline day LIVE show
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Al-Ittihad's pursuit of Liverpool star Mohamed Salah is like using a cheat code on video game FIFA, says Mail Sport's Lewis Steele.
Liverpool have rejected an offer of £150million for Salah, but the Saudi Arabian side are prepared to pay £200million for the winger.
Such a move would see Al-Ittihad break the world transfer record, which was set in 2017 when Paris Saint-Germain signed Neymar from Barcelona for £198million.
Speaking on , Steele said: 'It's ridiculous money, and some of the younger viewers might know this, it's like on the video game FIFA. You can unlock a cheat code that gives you pretty much unlimited funds. That's basically what Al-Ittihad have got here. They're saying £200million but there's no reason they can't go higher than that.
'They could go to astronomical figures which they already are, it could just blow the whole thing out of proportion. For Liverpool to have the summer they've had and then have £200million on top of that, they would be sitting very comfortably financially.'
Lewis Steele says Al-Ittihad's pursuit of Mohamed Salah is like using a cheat code on FIFA
Mail Sport's Lewis Steele believes Liverpool could use money from selling Salah to rebuild their squad
Steele says that if Liverpool accept the offer then it could help them to rebuild their squad.
He said: 'Yes it might hit them the next six months but they could make a play at some of the best players in the world. £200million could get you pretty much anyone in world football. I'm not saying they would go and pay £200million for Mbappe, but they would have money to completely rebuild the squad.'
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is eager to keep Salah, who has scored 187 goals in 308 games for the club since joining in 2017.
However, Al-Ittihad are determined to secure a move for the Egypt international before the Saudi Arabian transfer window closes on September 7.
Al-Ittihad have already signed Fabinho from Liverpool this summer and have also brought in Karim Benzema and N'Golo Kante.
Although many players have made the move to Saudi Arabia this summer, Salah making the switch would be hugely significant.
If Salah was to leave it would certainly impact Liverpool in the short term but as Steele alludes to, they would then have funds to strengthen in the future.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is eager to ensure that Salah remains at the club
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