Roma‘s Egyptian winger, Mo Salah, flies to England today, ahead of completing his return to the Premier League. Liverpool are close to agreeing terms with the Italian club in a deal worth around £35m, according to The Times.
The fee, with add-ons, is expected to surpass the Reds previous record fee when they paid £35m to West Ham United for striker, Andy Carroll in 2011.
Salah was previously with Chelsea, leaving a year ago when Roma bought him for £13m. Roma’s new sporting director, Monchi, is widely credited with driving the fee to three times that level, in his first transfer window with the club.
The Egyptian international was an influential player for the Giallorossi, with 15 goals and 11 assists in Serie A. With Sadio Mane injured, Liverpool lacked pace and almost missed out on the Champions League as their season faded badly.
Landing Salah is likely to end the Reds interest in Arsenal’s Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in what has so far been a frustrating summer for Jurgen Klopp.
Facing a Premier League inquiry into tapping up Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk, approaches to Bayer Leverkusen’s Julien Brandt were knocked back by the player.
Klopp will be hoping that this deal has a domino effect on other deals after he publicly promised Liverpool supporters that the club will be spending big.