Liverpool probably got one of the biggest transfer steals of this decade when they signed Mohamed Salah from AS Roma for just 42 million. Ever since the transfer move, Salah has been in sensational form for Liverpool scoring 41 goals so far this season, 32 of those have come in the Premier League, which is already a shared Premier League record and Salah has 4 games left to claim that prestigious record. Salah’s brilliance has taken Liverpool to the Champions League semi-final where Salah will take on his former teammates AS Roma after the Italian side beat Barcelona in the quarter-final.
Speaking ahead of the Liverpool vs Roma semi-final clash, AS Roma’s owner James Pallotta spoke with ESPN and said that 42 million transfer fee for Mohamed Salah now indeed seems like a bargain. Pallotta also revealed that there weren’t too many clubs in the race to sign Salah last summer and it was only Liverpool who were offering anything close to 40 million.
Pallotta said: “When you look at it now, you can say it’s an unbelievable bargain,” Pallotta said in an interview with ESPN. “The issue at the time was that when [Roma director of football] Monchi came in, Salah wanted to leave. He had a year left on his contract so in another year you’d get nothing.
“He wanted to go back [to England after a spell with Chelsea] and prove himself, which he certainly has done. We can’t tell you that anybody else was calling for Salah at anywhere near that kind of price, so there’s a lot of teams that have missed out on the great play he’s had this year.”
AS Roma didn’t utilize Mohamed Salah, says Pallotta
Speaking on Salah’s time at Stadio Olimpico, Pallotta reveals that Salah was not used properly by this team and it was down to the fact that Roma already had Edin Dzeko who was their key goal-scorer and no one by then quite knew Salah’s ability to score goals at the rate has been scoring for Liverpool.
Pallotta revealed Roma were left powerless to stop Salah from joining Liverpool as the Egyptian had made his mind to quit Roma & move back to the Premier League. Salah believed he had unfinished business with the English football and by scoring 32 league goals in just 34 games, which already is a joint Premier League record. Saah will need to put his emotions aside when he faced up against his former team in the 1st leg of Champions League semi-final clash at Anfield on April 24, 2018.