Despite all our hand wringing otherwise, it appears as though Monchi’s first Roma sale will be a rather large one. After weeks of speculation and negotiations, word is spreading that Roma and Liverpool have hashed out deal for Mohamed Salah, Roma’s 25-year-old lightning fast winger. As we discussed yesterday, Roma came down a tad from their initial €50 million evaluation, only to be met with a low ball offer from Liverpool, leading many to speculate that Salah would return to Rome and that the Giallorossi would turn to one of their other prized pigs to cure their FFP woes.
Woe no more, my friends.
There you have it—Football Italia has pounced on some Egyptian reports that not only have the clubs agreed to the framework of the deal, but Salah will report to Liverpool on Tuesday for his medical examination, making the deal all but a certainty.
In Salah, Liverpool are getting a player just entering the prime of his career. Over the course of two seasons with Roma, Salah amassed 34 goals and 18 assists in all competitions, and was one of only a handful of players this season to crack double digits in goals and assists.
While we can, have and will take issue with the sale price relative to other options on the market, €45 million not only represents a doubling of their investment, it sets a club record for the highest price fetched by a Roma player, besting Marquinhos’ €31.4 million sale back in the summer of 2013.
In his immediate wake, it seems as though Roma are turning to Lyon’s impending free agent, Rachid Ghezzal, a 25-year-old Algerian jack of all trades winger. Time will tell if he’s a direct replacement or merely a depth move, but he is most certainly a gigantic step backwards from Salah.
So, what do we think? Are we happy with this move? Was 45 million enough?