Monchi: Roma had to sell Salah

Roma sporting director Monchi has admitted the club should have received more money from Liverpool for Mohamed Salah, but they felt they had to sell, reports Skysports.

The Egyptian has quickly established himself as one of the Premier League’s best players since arriving at Anfield, becoming the second-fastest player in Liverpool’s history to reach 30 goals, second only to George Allan.

His excellent form has prompted questions from Roma fans about why he was allowed to leave for a fee that could eventually reach £44.4m (50m euros), in the same summer Neymar left Barcelona for Paris Saint-Germain for £198m (222m euros).

“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 euros 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.