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OFFICIAL: Salah completes much-awaited Roma switch for Egyptian record fee
The Giallorossi had initially stalled in an attempt to negotiate a €5 million loan deal, followed by an option to buy in 2016/17 for €15 million that would be an obligatory one should Salah reach certain number of appearances, per Sky Italia respected reporter Gianluca Di Marzio.
Chelsea acquiesced, but AS Roma had been waiting for FIFA’s approval before making the transfer official, in an effort to ensure their purchase of Salah did not break any laws. The governing body finally sanctioned the transfer on Wednesday, and the Egyptian winger was quick to tweet: “Done.”
In the end, the deal is officially complete with Roma making the announcement on Thursday, and Salah will now move to the Stadio Olimpico.
— KingFut.com (@King_Fut) August 6, 2015
The Italians have already agreed a foul-year deal with Salah, reportedly worth €3 million plus bonuses.
Inter Milan were strong candidates in the race to sign Salah not too long ago, and Napoli made a late attempt to steal a march on their rivals and sign the winger. Nevertheless, Roma have emerged as victors in what has proved to be a drawn-out transfer saga.
After completing his move, Salah told Roma TV: “I think Roma are one of the biggest clubs in the world and I’m happy to be in this team.”
“I think everybody here has ambition and everybody wants to win the title. Everybody will give their best to make the fans happy,” he added.
The 23-year-old’s move to Roma will definitely trigger a departure or two, seeing as Italian clubs have a quota of up to three non-EU players each. Seydou Doumbia, Gervinho, and Leandro Castán do not hold EU passports, and with reports that Edin Džeko is one of the capital club’s targets, one or more of the aforementioned three players will be leaving.
Salah is not the first Egyptian to play for Roma; Ahmed Hossam ‘Mido’ made a €6 million switch to the Serie A side from Marseille, in August 2004. The current Ismaily coach did not fare well in Rome, however. A six-month stint ended with the striker moving to Tottenham Hotspur, and Salah will be hoping his stay at the club will be more successful.