Roma’s Former Owner Has Opened Up On The Decisions To Sell Mohamed Salah And Alisson Becker To Liverpool

The Reds completed the signing of Salah from the Serie A outfit in the summer of 2017 for a fee of around £34m.

In his debut season, Salah went on to score 44 goals in all competitions, and now has 120 in 193 appearances for the club which puts the Egyptian in 13th place in the club’s all-time top goalscorers list.

Jim Palotta was Roma’s co-owner and chairman at the time when Salah’s deal to Liverpool was completed.

The American billionaire says that he ‘hated’ letting Salah leave, but admitted that it was an inevitability.

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“Salah was a wonderful kid that I hated to lose,” Pallotta told The Athletic.

“I loved him. I didn’t want to sell him. But I had no choice.

“Salah was going to go no matter what because he had something to prove. That was the difference.”

When it comes to Alisson, it was a similar story, who left Roma a year after Salah to link up with his former team mate at Anfield in 2018.

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The Brazilian joined for a fee of around £66m in 2018, a then-record fee for a goalkeeper, and has gone on to become one of the best in his position in world football.

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“Why would I want to sell a guy like that?” Palotta said.

A Champions League triumph as well as a long-awaited Premier League title have followed since the pair’s arrivals from Roma.

Palotta, who first bought Roma in 2012, sold the club last year and is said to be looking at a new venture.

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