Mohamed Salah will leave AS Roma to play Liverpool for five years, the English club said on 22 June 2017. Estimated transaction amount: 39 million euros, not including any bonuses paid to the Italian club. A transfer that could make the Egyptian football player the most expensive in history, just before the Senegalese Sadio Mané.
Did Mohamed Salah become the most expensive African footballer in history, on June 22, 2017? The Egyptian could have delighted this unofficial title to his new team-mate in Liverpool, Sadio Mané.
Last summer, the Senegalese had indeed been transferred to the English club against about 36 million euros. Mohamed Salah has just left AS Rome (Italy) against 39 million euros, the English club said on June 22, 2017.
After Bony and Mané …
But there is almost always a variable part in the amount of transfers. It is generally linked to the performance of the player and / or the recruiting club. According to the site transfermarkt – generally well informed – Sadio Mané would have finally cost 41.2 million euros in Liverpool while Salah should be transferred against 42 million euros …
After the Ivorian Wilfried Bony in January 2015 and Mané in July 2016, Mohamed Salah could well be at the origin of a new record.
Big increase for the finances of AS Roma
But for the 25-year-old, the key is elsewhere. The Egyptian made his return to England after a frustrating first experience in Chelsea from January 2014 to July 2016. He was trained at Arab Contractors SC (first Egyptian division) and then proved to be in Europe at FC Basel Swiss Division) did not succeed in winning with the London club.
In February 2015, he was loaned to Fiorentina in Italy and then to AS Roma in August 2015. Seduced by his performance, the Roman leaders recruited him in July 2016 against 15 million euros. A year later, the accountants of the “Roma” can rub their hands, considering the added value realized on the transfer of Mohamed Salah …
Axadle International Monitoring – Africa