Will €39m Mohamed Salah break Liverpool transfer record?
Date published: Wednesday 21st June 2017 9:10
Roma winger Mohamed Salah is to undergo a medical at Liverpool on Thursday after the clubs agreed a €39million fee.
It is understood negotiations have been finalised but, somewhat bizarrely, it is not yet known whether the transfer will break the club-record £35million the Reds paid Newcastle for striker Andy Carroll in January 2011.
That will depend on the exchange rate at the time the deal is formally concluded: €39m euros currently equates to about £34.3m.
It is understood the agreed fee is inclusive of all add-on incentives attached to the deal.
It was earlier reported by the Liverpool Echo that Salah, who is believed to have asked for the No. 9 shirt previously vacated by Christian Benteke, had his medical delayed 24 hours due to a delay in tieing up some loose ends with Roma.
Liverpool had an initial offer of £28million for the 25-year-old rejected earlier this month, but they have now come to a settlement having continued negotiations with the Serie A club.
The Premier League outfit have landed Salah at the second attempt as three years ago they were outbid by Chelsea, with the winger moving to Stamford Bridge for £11million from Basle.
That move did not work out for him and, after loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma, he joined the latter for £13million last summer.
The pacy attacker scored 15 Serie A goals last season – making it 29 league goals in two years – and provided 11 assists as Roma finished second, behind Juventus.