Mohamed Salah’s performances for Liverpool this term have raised many questions about Roma’s sale of the forward in the summer of 2017. Salah has tallied 29 goals in all competitions. Now Roma’s Monchi has opened up about the sale.
Roma’s Monchi opens up about Salah sale
While Liverpool have found a star in Salah, Roma sporting director Monchi recently spoke about the Italian club’s sale of the player. Roma are currently fighting for Champions League qualification next season. The club is out of the race for the Scudetto, and many have questioned why Roma sold Salah so easily.
In an interview with Sky Italia, Monchi opened up about Salah’s sale.
“At the end of the day, we could reach €50m with bonuses, but at that moment we had to sell and that was an important option,” Monchi said.
“The Neymar and Kylian Mbappe transfers changed the market, but at that moment it was necessary that we sell.
“The figures are important, because at the end of the day we are a business, but the fans cannot be bought. In my years at Sevilla, people counted the trophies and those are so far missing at Roma.
“I understand the fans perfectly well, I know they don’t want to talk about numbers, they just want to win, but that is my job. We have to build a club that doesn’t just win, but does so consistently over time. Fans don’t want promises, they want results.
“I accept all of that, but ask them for a little faith. It takes time. We’ve got to stay quiet and work harder to find the right path towards what the fans want.”
Roma have sold several players this term including the sales of Emerson in January. The club also brought in several players for manager Eusebio Di Francesco.
Monchi refused to sale striker Eden Dzeko during the January transfer window, but the former Sevilla mastermind has been criticised for weakening a Roma side that finished second, third and second respectively in the last three seasons.