Chairman of Italian giants Roma, James Pallotta, has revealed he has been blown away with shock by just how impressive Mohamed Salah has been following his move to Liverpool last summer.
The Egyptian international joined the Reds for a fee of £36.7million (€42million) and has gone on to become a sensation at Anfield, the 25-year-old scoring 41 goals in just 46 appearances across all competitions.
There were question marks over whether he could do the business in England, especially with the big money price tag, after a failed spell with Chelsea, but Pallotta says he has completely silenced his critics, insisting that the Reds got a superb deal when dealing with his side.
Speaking to ESPN, he said: “Well, when you look at it now, you can say it’s an unbelievable bargain.
“He wanted to go back (to the Premier League) and prove himself, which he certainly has done.
“We can’t tell you that anybody else was calling for Salah at anywhere near that kind of price, so there’s a lot of teams that have missed out on the great play he’s had this year.
“Where I’m surprised, is how great he’s finishing. Do they have bigger nets in the Premier League? It’s just been amazing watching him and every time he scores I’m like, ‘Oh my God!’
Salah is set to come up against his former side in the Champions League semi-finals, and will be looking to add to his nine goals in his 11 European appearances this season.
Football Insider verdict
There will be very few people in the world who could have envisaged Mohamed Salah having quite the impact on his return to the Premier League – even the man who went and slapped a big money price tag on his head. You have to wonder just how much regret there is at Roma that they did not ask for more money, which they certainly could have done if he had showed his current form last season. Still, the Italian’s were in a difficult situation, with only a year left on his contract when they sold up, so they really cannot complain with the near-£40million they got.
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