For some time now, it has been reported that Liverpool are hot on the pursuit of Egypt and Roma forward, Mohamed Salah. The ex-Chelsea man has been in incredible form for the last three years, first at Fiorentina and then two good years at Roma. However, it looks like he wants to get out of Rome and, with the club in need of around €30m before the end of June to qualify for Financial Fair Play commitments, it looks like they need to make a sale.
However, frugal Fenway Sports, who run Liverpool, appear to be dossing around on a transfer yet again. As a recurring theme of annoyance for Reds fans – and surely manager Jürgen Klopp – Fenway love a bargain to the point of excess. A failure to move for Salah and pay the reported €40m asking price could see Roma need to look elsewhere to help boost their coffers.
In typical LFC fashion, though, that might help an opponent. Fresh from essentially handing Virgil van Dijk to rivals after being caught messing around without permission trying to sign the Dutchman, Liverpool could be pushing a world class midfielder to eternal rivals, Manchester United.
Roma need money – that much is a fact. They need to make a sale to cover themselves and Salah was the ‘sacrifice’ needed. However, if Salah does not move quickly enough then United will likely cash in on their desire for midfielder Radja Nainngolan. The Belgian midfielder is one of the best in Europe, and is likely to leave Roma if Salah does not. United are in pole position and, with the most likely decision being that whoever does not get sold first stays, Liverpool could find themselves no stronger and a rival improving because of their own excessive frugality.
What do Liverpool fans make of this? Are you annoyed that supposed penny-pinching from a club that turned a profit last summer in the transfer market is holding the club back? Or is this just another expected mess, given how regularly PR disasters occur over at Anfield?