Roma sporting director Monchi has revealed that the Italian giants had ‘no other choice’ but to sell Mohamed Salah to Liverpool last summer.
Having previously flopped at Chelsea, Salah got his career back on track over in Serie A, firstly at Fiorentina on loan before making the move to Roma.
After two years in the Italian capital, the Egyptian was on the move again, with Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool coming calling for what looked like a fairly hefty £35 million price tag at the time.
However, the transfer of Neymar which transformed the transfer market, as well as Salah’s sensational form made his fee look like an absolute snip, with the Liverpool number 11 netting an incredible 44 goals in his debut campaign at Anfield.
Salah’s form for Liverpool raised plenty of eyebrows in Italy, with some questioning the clubs decision to cash in, but Monchi has revealed that the constraints of Financial Fair Play meant that they had no other option:
“With Momo [Salah] there was no other choice but to sell,” he told El Mundo.
“In order to comply with the Financial Fair Play we had to raise the maximum possible, since we risked a UEFA sanction. The club, in addition, was already under surveillance.
“We did not sell only to Momo, also to Rudiger, Mario Rui or Paredes.”
The Egyptian hasn’t quite hit the heights of last season so far this year, but has still scored two goals in Liverpool’s opening five Premier League games.