Liverpool face further Saudi Pro League disruption with Al-Hilal interested in signing Luis Diaz.
Liverpool have no desire to sell the Colombia international, but an approach is expected from Al-Hilal, one of four Saudi Arabian clubs backed by the country’s Public Investment Fund. The interest comes as Liverpool consider a £40million bid from Al-Ittihad for Fabinho, who has been omitted from their pre-season training camp in Germany as a result, and with Jordan Henderson the subject of an approach profitable from Al-Ettifaq. Al-Ettifaq, managed by Steven Gerrard, have not submitted a bid for Henderson and Liverpool will not accept a cut-price deal for their captain.
Diaz impressed following his arrival from Porto in January 2022, but missed six months of last season with a serious knee injury. The 26-year-old remains an integral part of Jürgen Klopp’s plans for next season.
Klopp is looking for replacements for Fabinho and while Southampton’s Roméo Lavia is under consideration, Liverpool may opt for more experience in defensive midfielder if the 29-year-old Brazil international leaves.
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Al-Hilal have spent more than £100m since receiving PIF backing, signing Rúben Neves from Wolves, Kalidou Koulibaly from Chelsea and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio. Liverpool are likely to resist their pursuit of Diaz, but he represents an additional distraction for Klopp ahead of the Premier League season.