Roma chief Monchi: We had to sell Mohamed Salah

Roma chief Monchi: We had to sell Mohamed Salah
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Feb 17, 2018. 15:00

Roma sporting director Monchi says his club should have received more money from Liverpool for Mohamed Salah, but they were in a position where they simply had to sell the player.

The Egyptian has established himself as one of world football’s most exciting attackers in 2017/18, becoming the second fastest Liverpool player to reach the 30-goal mark.

His superb form has Roma fans wondering why the Reds were able to buy the player for ‘just’ €50m in the same transfer window which saw Neymar bought by Paris Saint-Germain for a world record €222m.

"At the end of the day, we could reach €50m with bonuses, but at that moment we had to sell and that was an important option," Monchi told Sky Sport Italia.

"The Neymar and Kylian Mbappe transfers changed the market, but at that moment it was necessary that we sell.

"I still think the price could've been better for Salah, but it did give us the possibility of making other moves.

“When I arrived, the Liverpool offer for Salah was €32m plus €3m euros in bonuses. In today's football, players go wherever they want to.

"The figures are important, because at the end of the day we are a business, but the fans cannot be bought. In my years at Sevilla, people counted the trophies and those are so far missing at Roma.

"I understand the fans perfectly well, I know they don't want to talk about numbers, they just want to win, but that is my job. We have to build a club that doesn't just win, but does so consistently over time. Fans don't want promises, they want results.

"I accept all of that, but ask them for a little faith. It takes time. We've got to stay quiet and work harder to find the right path towards what the fans want."

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