Roma’s director of football, Ramón Rodríguez Verdejo (Monchi), has revealed that they sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool because they were obligated otherwise face a huge penalty due to EUFA Financial Fair Play.
No team would wish to be in Roma’s shoes at the moment. They sold Mohamed Salah to Liverpool for what now seems to be a huge bargain (for Liverpool) only to watch him become the best player in the world at the moment (or at least the second or third best) and more importantly, be the main obstacle in Roma going to the finals of the Champions League.
Speaking to Spanish radio, Onda Cero, Roma’s director of football, Monchi revealed that EUFA’s Financial Fair Play basically forced Roma to sell Salah.
“We had a need to sell. We had no option but to sell Salah before June 30,” Monchi said.
“Had we not done that, we probably wouldn’t be here playing the semi-final of the Champions League as we had Uefa closely monitoring us.”
“We had to take an offer before the end of the month. He wanted to leave, but we would have kept him if the regulations weren’t against us.”
“When I arrived, the offer [from Liverpool] was €30 million (£26 million) but we managed to get it up to almost €50m (£43m) with bonuses. That is what we could do. The market then went crazy with Neymar, Coutinho and Dembele.”