Liverpool is in the process of finalizing a deal to pay 35 million pounds to AS Roma for the services of Egyptian star footballer Mohamed Salah. Liverpool is still waiting for the results to come on a physical exam of Salah some time this week. Salah, for his part, has already agreed to personal terms with Liverpool after a successful meeting with head coach Jurgen Klopp. The negotiations had to bridge a wide gap, as Liverpool had their opening offer of 28 million pounds rejected, while AS Roma was asking for 40 million pounds to let Salah go. The final deal of 35 million pounds will reportedly include add-ons and performance related bonuses.
Salah was first recruited seriously by Salah in May, and the 25 year old footballer always hoped for a chance to shine in the English Premier League once more. In fact, Liverpool tried to lure Salah back in 2013, when he was a member of the Swiss club Basel. Alas, Chelsea ended up winning that bidding war. But Salah’s contributions to Chelsea weren’t as excellent as they expected, only earning 13 Premier League appearances, so they saw fit to send him out on loan to Fiorentina and AS Roma, making that latter transfer permanent in August 2016. Salah was solid for his new Serie A club, contributing 19 goals and 12 assists for the club last season across all competitions. While he was in Liverpool last week as negotiations were taking place, he took a previously planned vacation to his home country, where he posted pictures of himself on social media posing in front of the famous pyramids. A friend of Salah on social media seemed to confirm that Salah would officially sign with Liverpool on a trip back to England on Tuesday, although Salah’s agent later called that post “fake news”.
It's amazing what one fan picture, along with a stab-in-the-dark caption, will lead many to believe… #fakenews
— Ramy Abbas Issa (@RamyCol) June 18, 2017