Liverpool set to bid £8m for Manchester United midfield target

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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has been given the go-ahead to bid for FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah, reports suggest.

According to the Daily Mirror, the Reds boss has received a green light to make a bid of £8 million for a player who has been dubbed by many as the 'Egyptian Messi'.

The same publication suggests that Rodgers spent much of Friday locked in discussions with American owners John Henry and Tom Werner, with Salah believed to have been a key topic of conversation.

Liverpool have been linked with a move for the 21-year-old wideman for a number of weeks now, with Salah having repeatedly impressed with his tricky displays for the Swiss champions both domestically and in the Champions League so far this season.

Manchester United have also been credited in an interest in the Egypt international, however, with reports from December suggesting that the defending Premier League champions were eyeing a double swoop for Salah and club teammate Fabian Schar.

David Moyes' side were comprehensively beaten by Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon, another tame performance from Manchester United that served to further outline their dire need to bring quality reinforcements to Old Trafford before the transfer window closes once again at the end of this month.

It does not look like Salah will be one of those arrivals however, with Liverpool seemingly intent on getting their man.

Negotiating a price could prove tricky for the Merseyside outfit, though, with the player reportedly rated at approximately £14 million by Basel.

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