Roma’s transfer chief, Ramon “Monchi Rodriguez, has revealed that the club was helpless about selling Mohammed Salah to Liverpool last summer.
Monchi, speaking at Rome’s Foreign Press Association on Wednesday, claimed they had to sell the Egyptian before June 30 last year to balance their books.
Salah joined the Reds in a €42million deal and his value has skyrocketed ever since.
With 28 goals in 30 English Premier League matches this season, nobody in Europe’s top five leagues has scored more than Salah.
Overall he has 36 goals in 40 matches in all competitions since joining Liverpool.
“On Salah there are two important things to understand.
“First, Salah was sold before the Neymar effect revolutionized the market. Second, we had a necessity to sell Salah before June 30.
“Anyone who understands a bit of this business knows that that’s like having a sword pointed at your neck.
“So taking into account these two conditions, I think we made a sale that was fairly big,” Monchi said.