Liverpool's proposed move for Basel winger Mohamed Salah is under threat with teams from Germany and Russia ready to outbid the Reds, reports suggest.
Brendan Rodgers' side have increased their efforts to sign the 21-year-old in the New Year with reports suggesting the two clubs are close to striking a deal that will see Salah complete a move to the Premier League before the end of the month.
But according to Italian news outlet Tutto Mercato Web, Borussia Dortmund have entered the fray to sign the Egypt international, suggesting the club have offered both Basel and Salah attractive financial packages that betters any others currently on the table.
Italian journalist Fabrizio Ramano, who claims to have spoken with Salah's agent, confirmed that Liverpool have been in talks to bring the Egyptian to Anfield but could still be at risk to losing out to teams from Germany and Spain, having yet to agree a fee with the Swiss champions.
Reports emanating from Russia have also suggested Zenit St Petersburg are ready to tempt Basel with offer double that of Liverpool's. Having demonstrated their financial ambition in previous moves for the likes of Hulk and Axel Witsel, the Russian champions may fancy their chances of fending off competition elsewhere in Europe.
Liverpool may still find themselves in the driving seat, however, given Salah's preference for Premier Leagus sides. His former teammate Mohamed Zika spoke of the possibility of the winger joining Liverpool earlier this month, claiming there was a 99 per cent chance of the youngster moving to Anfield this month.
Bob Bradley, who worked with Salah during his time as head coach of the Egyptian national team also suggested a move was likely, admitting he expected the player to join a Premier League side in the coming days.
"I was saying yesterday that in Egypt, a great success story in the last two years is a young player called Mohamed Salah," Bradley told the press upon being unveiled as new head coach of Norwegian outfit Stabaek, via KingFut.
"He left and we helped him to leave Egypt first to FC Basel, and from what I read and hear, in the coming days you will see his name again because I think it will be a big transfer to a Premiership team."