If you let experience be your guide, you knew deep down inside that this Mohamed Salah to Liverpool transfer was always bound to be a mess, there is simply no other way. Whether we’re talking about Chelsea, Fiorentina, Roma or now Liverpool, Salah transfers seldom go smoothly. After rejecting Liverpool’s initial €32 million bid for Salah—which though good enough to satiate the FFP beast, was probably some €20 million below his fair market value—the Salah tides have ebbed and flowed over the past two weeks, with little traction gained in between.
All of which leads us to these conflicting Tweets sent out moments ago.
beIN Sports: Mohamed Salah €40m move to #LFC announced within days https://t.co/9F54NvCP4z #ASRoma pic.twitter.com/y8lqD4DbZz— footballitalia (@footballitalia) June 11, 2017
Followed shortly thereafter by this....
EXCLUSIVE: Credible source tells @footballitalia NO #LFC deal with #ASRoma for Mohamed Salah https://t.co/S9Vz9juxwG pic.twitter.com/qi6pfyaL7o— footballitalia (@footballitalia) June 11, 2017
Listen, we often have a lot of fun at Football Italia’s expense, but if you’re anything like me, you visit it quite often just for a quick hit of news, and in this instance, they’re simply doing their due diligence, though I have issue with the nature of both Tweets.
First off, beIN is way out of their depth here since this transfer has absolutely nothing to do with Barcelona, so there’s ample reason to be skeptical right there. Secondly, and in reference to the second Tweet, we can take issue with the always entertaining “credible source”, which could literally mean anything. FI’s credible source reportedly said “There’s nothing new. Seriously...like, for reals you guys.” Okay, I added the last five words, but who knew their killer inside source was a 1980s valley girl.
All of which is simply to say, we’re no closer to a Salah deal than we were a week ago, but it seems increasingly likely that Roma will sell him some €10 to €15 million short of what he’s actually worth.
For my money, I’d rather sooth the FFP gods with Antonio Rüdiger—Salah is simply too good—but that’s not my job. However, if Monchi can spin Salah into Domenico Berardi and Gregoire Defrel or Alejandro Gomez, consider me a devout Monchist.
We’ll keep you posted, but something tells me there will be a few more twists and turns along the way, but boy, those Porto fixtures just keep looking worse and worse, don’t they?