Liverpool reject £150m Mohamed Salah bid as Brighton sign Barcelona’s Ansu Fati

Altay Bayindir is a new arrival at Manchester United (Mike Egerton/PA)
Altay Bayindir is a new arrival at Manchester United (Mike Egerton/PA)

Liverpool rejected a £150million offer for Mohamed Salah from Saudi Arabia Pro League side Al-Ittihad while Brighton completed the signing of Barcelona forward Ansu Fati.

Salah has been the subject of interest from the Middle East for some time and the PA news agency understands a verbal offer was made on Friday.

However, the club have rejected it out of hand and consider the matter closed as the forward is not for sale.

Liverpool insists that Salah is not for sale
Liverpool insist that Salah is not for sale (Peter Byrne/PA)

The offer is understood to have been £100m up front with a further £50m in add-ons.

Brighton have signed Fati on a season-long loan from the Catalan giants.

The 20-year-old Spain international made 36 LaLiga appearances last season for Xavi’s men as they went on to win the title.

“This is a great deal for all of us,” Brighton head coach Roberto De Zerbi said on the Premier League club’s website.

“I am sure Ansu will help us to reach a new target and we can help him get back to the level he deserves to be.”

Fati came through the Barcelona academy, making his senior debut in August 2019 and later became the club’s youngest goalscorer in both LaLiga and the Champions League.

Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United were all doing early business.

City completed the signing of Matheus Nunes from Wolves.

After overcoming some minor sticking points in final negotiations over an initial £47.3m deal on Wednesday night, both clubs were able to come to an agreement on a £53million move – a club-record sale for Wolves.

The 25-year-old Portugal international was keen to move to the Etihad Stadium and did not train with Wolves in order to push the move through.

Midfielder Tommy Doyle, 21, heads the other way, joining the Molineux club on a season-long loan with the option to make the switch permanent next summer.

Doyle’s exit follows that of fellow City academy product Cole Palmer, who has joined Chelsea on a seven-year contract.

The PA news agency understands Chelsea will pay an initial £40million for the 21-year-old with an additional £2.5m in possible add-ons.

United confirmed the signing of Turkey international goalkeeper Altay Bayindir from Fenerbahce before announcing that Spanish defender Sergio Reguilon had arrived on loan from Tottenham until June 2024.

Bayindir, 25, has signed an initial four-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option of a further year.

He is the second goalkeeper signed by the Red Devils this summer and will provide competition to fellow new arrival Andre Onana.

“It is a huge honour to join Manchester United and become the first Turkish player to represent this incredible club,” Bayindir said in the statement announcing his signing.

Reguilon, 26, who has also played for Real Madrid, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid, has moved to Old Trafford after United lost left-backs Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia to injury.

“In life you have to be ready for everything and the chance to represent this great club with such an illustrious history is one that I could not turn down,” Reguilon told the United website.

“Having spoken to the manager (Erik ten Hag), I know what he needs from me, and I am ready to play my part in helping the team to achieve success.

“I know that I can contribute to Manchester United this season; I am ready to fight for this group and show everyone my qualities.”

Japhet Tanganga has also left Tottenham by joining Bundesliga side Augsburg on loan for the remainder of the 2023/24 season, with a conditional obligation to make the deal permanent next summer.

Nottingham Forest signed Arsenal full-back Nuno Tavares on a season-long loan, with the option of making it permanent.

“Forest is a historic club which won two European Cups and to be part of it makes me really happy,” he said.

“I’m really happy to stay in the Premier League as it’s the best league in the world and I’m thankful to Forest for giving me that opportunity.”

Forest forward Brennan Johnson is heading to North London after Tottenham agreed a fee in excess of £45million for the Wales international.

Johnson will now undergo a medical, with there expected to be no complications in the deal going through before the 11pm deadline.

Aston Villa brought in French defender Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan from Barcelona.

The centre-half spent last season on loan at Spurs, making 35 appearances in all competitions.