Mohamed Salah's sale to Liverpool 'necessary' for Roma, says sporting director Monchi

Mohamed Salah

Mohamed Salah

Roma sporting director Monchi claims that the club "had to sell" Mohamed Salah to Liverpool last summer, but admits that they could have held out for more money.

Liverpool doubled their first offer for Mohamed Salah in the summer, according to Roma.

The 25-year-old has scored a staggering 22 times in just 26 Premier League games while his goal against Porto on Wednesday night moved him to 30 in all competitions.

Roma at the time needed to make a major sale by the end of May in order to ensure they remained Financial Fair Play compliant, so to not sell Salah-or some other major part of their squad-early in the transfer window would have put them at risk of being punished by UEFA.

The now-PSG pair commanded huge fees, with Neymar going for £198m, but Monchi says Roma couldn't afford to wait around for more cash.

Mohamed Salah

'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'. In my years at Sevilla, people counted the trophies and those are so far missing at Roma.

"I accept all of that, but ask them for a little faith".

The Egyptian worldwide returned to the Premier League in the summer after spending two seasons in Italy with Roma. Fans don't want promises, they want results.

We had started talking to Chelsea about Emerson [Palmieri], then they asked about Edin, Monchi explained. "It takes time. We've got to stay quiet and work harder to find the right path towards what the fans want".