Liverpool Quoted £35.5m If They Want to Sign Forward
Liverpool have been told they will need to shed out £35.5 million if they want to sign Mohamed Salah from AS Roma, according to the Mirror.
The Italian giants confirmed that an English club made a bid for the Egyptian earlier this summer but it did not meet their valuation of the forward.
It was reported by the Daily Mail at the beginning of the month that Roma had rejected a bid of £28 million from Liverpool.
The Mirror now understand that Roma want a fee around of £35.5 million for the 24-year-old. It is believed that the Italian side have Financial Fair Play issues and need to raise around €40 million (£35.5m) by the end of the month. This would suggest they may be willing to sell Salah should Liverpool or any other club match their asking price.
Roma Director of Football, Monchi, is quoted by the newspaper as saying:
“It is true that there is a bid for Salah from an English club, but the price is made by Roma, so we will decide, depending on the circumstances.
“Roma does not want to sell players, Roma wants to build the best team for our goals — we are not a supermarket. Only for Salah is there a deal. [Antonio] Rüdiger will not leave, there is zero chance.”
The Premier League side are the only club known to be chasing the Egyptian international which means there is no rush for them to increase their bid.
Mohamed Salah previously had a brief spell at Chelsea when he joined from FC Basel in January 2014. However, he failed to get many opportunities at Stamford Bridge and was subsequently loaned out to both Fiorentina and Roma before the latter made the deal permanent last summer for a reported fee of €15 million.
Jürgen Klopp has had some good success with attacking signings since he joined Liverpool – Sadio Mané was one of the best players in the Premier League this past season whilst Roberto Firmino was fairly decent. Should the German coach land the Egyptian this summer it would add another exciting option to his attack.
Salah scored 15 goals and added 11 assists in 31 Serie A appearances last season, predominately playing out on the right wing in Roma’s 4-3-3 formation under Luciano Spaletti. The forward is a quick counter-attack threat, who likes to run at defenders and can score from both inside and outside the box.