Liverpool are edging closer to sealing a deal for Mohamed Salah after agreeing personal terms, but the Merseysiders are yet to agree a fee with Roma.
However, the Reds have not made contact with Roma yet regarding the move, since the Italian club turned down an initial £28 million offer. Roma are said to be demanding a fee in the region of £35 million – an amount that would equal Liverpool’s transfer record fee that they paid Newcastle United to sign Andy Carroll back in 2011.
James Pallotta, Roma’s American chairman, told US radio station SiriusXM (via Sky) that nothing had been agreed with the Premier League club yet. He said: “For the moment, there is nothing with Liverpool. We’ll see what to do.”
Salah has only been at Roma for two years now. The forward initially moved to the club on a season-long loan from Chelsea, having failed to make an impression at the London club. However, his performances in his first season at the Stadio Olimpico prompted the Giallorossi to make the deal permanent, and he was signed for £13 million last summer.
He played a major role for his club in the recently concluded season, as they attempted to fight for the Serie A title, and although they failed, the Egyptian shone as he ended the season with an impressive tally of 15 goals to his name in 31 league appearances, whilst also managing a brilliant 13 assists.
Liverpool are determined to bring the 24-year-old to Anfield, but are said to be unwilling to pay over the top for him. Should the move fail to materialize, the Reds will look to sign Lazio winger Keita Balde as an alternative.
Salah would be the club’s second signing of the season, having already agreed to sign Dominic Solanke from Chelsea once the youngster’s contract with the Blues expires on the 1st of July.
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