Egypt winger Salah back in EPL at Liverpool for record fee
ABS-CBN Sports on Jun 23, 2017 01:18 PM
FILE - In this Monday, April 11, 2016 file photo, Roma's Mohammed Salah celebrates after scoring during their Serie A soccer match against Bologna, in Rome's Olympic stadium. Egypt winger Mohamed Salah will get another chance to prove himself in the English Premier League after sealing a move to Liverpool from Roma on Thursday, June 22, 2017. The 25-year-old Salah made just six league starts during his time playing for Chelsea from February 2014 to February 2015 before being sent on loan first to Fiorentina and then Roma. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)
STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer
Egypt winger Mohamed Salah will get another chance to prove himself in the English Premier League after sealing a transfer to Liverpool from Roma in a club-record deal on Thursday.
Roma said Salah moved for 42 million euros ($46.8 million), which — using the current exchange rates — makes him Liverpool's most expensive signing in British pounds. The fee of 37 million pounds surpasses the previous record figure for Andy Carroll, who cost 35 million pounds (then $56 million) in 2011.
The 25-year-old Salah made just six league starts during his time playing for Chelsea from February 2014 to February 2015 before being sent on loan first to Fiorentina and then Roma.
Roma eventually signed Salah permanently and he was one of Serie A's top performers last season, scoring 15 goals and setting up 11 others.
Now he is back in England with Liverpool, which said Salah has signed a long-term contract and will officially join on July 1. The Reds have also signed striker Dominic Solanke from Chelsea this offseason as manager Juergen Klopp looks to strengthen his attacking options ahead of his team's attempts to qualify for the Champions League through the playoff round in August.
Liverpool finished fourth in the Premier League last season.
Salah has 29 goals in 52 appearances for Egypt.
Roma said the deal for Salah includes various additional clauses, worth up to a total of 8 million euros ($8.9 million), based on the player and Liverpool achieving certain performance-related targets.
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