Salah has scored the most Premier League goals since joining Liverpool from Roma in 2017.
Liverpool have rejected an offer of £150m for Al Ittihad, but sources suggest the Pro League team is willing to pay up to £215m to complete a transaction.
With the Saudi transfer window closing tomorrow, the move is now doubtful.
McAteer thinks the sale might happen if the £250m price is reached.
McAteer told BoyleSports that the Saudi League’s aggressiveness surprised everyone, despite their anticipated response.
“They were left alone and everyone woke up and thought, ‘this is the real deal’.
“It’s more sustainable than China’s attempt. Many dollars are being thrown around. They made huge football statements quickly. No one has sat down and realized they have five or six days longer than the Premier League and all the European leagues to enter the market. Therefore, everyone is worried.
“Now the event is here because they can take anything.
I’ve read all the headlines, and as much as Jurgen Klopp wants to pretend he’s not for sale, everything has a price.
“If they come knocking with £200million-£250million, the owners, I don’t think they can turn that kind of money down for a 31-year-old in the last two years of this contract.”
Eddie Nketiah suggested he may be begging Harry Kane for tips while on England duty.
The Arsenal forward made his England debut for the upcoming internationals against Ukraine and Scotland.
His teammates include England’s all-time leading goalscorer Kane.
When asked if he would seek advice from the Three Lions captain, Nketiah replied during a press conference: “I may have some notes in my phone. As mentioned, it’s nice to be here.
“There are many great attacking players besides Harry. Spending time with them will allow me to learn from them, improve my own practices, and possibly steal some ideas.
Henderson also denied speaking to Mohamed Salah about a prospective move to Saudi Arabia, amid reports of a world record transfer to Al-Ittihad.
“I haven’t spoken to him about the situation,” he stated.
“Obviously I spoke to him briefly over the past week or two to see if I was OK, how I was settling in, etc. I essentially left him with this.
He’ll get calls and texts from everyone. I’ve decided to let him go. Not sure what’s going on. I simply read about bids and such in the media.
“It will be intriguing to see what happens as he is a talented player and person who will have a significant impact, whether at Liverpool or in the Saudi League, now or in the future. He’s great for any team.”