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Why I sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool: Roma director relives the horror
- Updated: April 26, 2018
According to AS Roma’s director of football, Monchi, the Italian side was forced to sell Mohammad Salah during the summer transfer window in 2017. The Egyptian forward was sold to Liverpool where he has scored 43 goals in the ongoing season so far.
While the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Neymar Jr. and Phillipe Coutinho got sold for whopping sums of cash that shook the record books, the prolific scorer was roped in by the Reds for €50 million – which now seems to be an absolute steal.
“It’s true, I sold Salah, but I was forced by UEFA’s constraints,” the sporting director told Onda Cero.
Monchi also said revealed that their accounts were under strict surveillance by the UEFA and AS Roma would not be in the UEFA Champions League had they not sold Salah by June 30 last year.
“The explanation is that last summer, we were forced to sell by June 30. If we hadn’t, we wouldn’t be in the Champions League semi-finals.
“Our accounts were under strict UEFA controls, and when I arrived there was an offer of €30 million for Salah, but then with bonuses we went up to 50m.
“In short, we did the best we could at that moment. I didn’t expect the market to go crazy after that, even though Salah is having a fantastic season, so congratulations to Liverpool for getting the deal done,” he said.
AS Roma were crushed 5-2 by Liverpool at the Anfield on Tuesday in their UCL semi-final’s 1st leg where Salah scored two and assisted two goals for the Merseyside team.