AS Roma winger Mohamed Salah completed his move to Liverpool on Thursday.
The Premier League outfit have long sought the Egyptian’s signature.
Here are five things you may not have known about the 25-year-old.
SALAH NEARLY JOINED LIVERPOOL IN 2014
Liverpool and Basel were in negotiations over Salah’s transfer in 2014, only for Chelsea to swoop in with a better offer.
Jose Mourinho, Chelsea manager at the time, was instrumental in convincing Salah to pick Chelsea over Liverpool, although the Egyptian says he’s always been fond of the Reds.
ITALIAN MEDIA CALLED HIM THE “EGYPTIAN MESSI”
It’s become common in football to compare everyone to either Messi or Ronaldo, and Salah was no exception. The Italian media dubbed him the Egyptian Messi when he was at Fiorentina.
Even before that, Mourinho had made lofty comparisons, saying Salah reminded him of Gareth Bale and Arjen Robben.
SETS LIVERPOOL TRANSFER MILESTONE
The transfer has set a milestone for Liverpool.
A reported fee in the region of £35-40 million, Salah takes Liverpool past the £1 billion mark for the amount they’ve spent on transfers in the Premier League era.
Liverpool's signing of Mo Saleh for £39 million takes their Premier League outlay on players past the Billion Pound mark. Titles won. None 👍— Robert Starkey (@BobStarkey3) June 21, 2017
STOLE THE SHOW AT BASEL
Salah first burst onto the scene at Egyptian side El Mowkaloon, before catching the eye of big clubs in Europe at Basel.
At both stops, Salah’s performances were duly acknowledged, as he was named the CAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year in 2012, and the Swiss Super League’s Golden Player award in 2013, his first season with Basel.
HAS BEEN WAITING FOR LIVERPOOL MOVE
Although he was swayed by Mourinho in 2014, Salah says he’s been waiting for the chance to don the famous red shirt of Liverpool.
He said then that he was waiting for Liverpool to complete the transfer before he got the call from Mourinho. Three years later, he’s finally getting his wish.
Like so many clubs in Europe, Barcelona have been enamoured by the performances of Ousmane Dembele.
In fact, they have been so impressed with the Borussia Dortmund youngster that their means to approach the player over a possible transfer have infuriated the Bundesliga outfit.
The club’s director Michael Zorc even threatened to get FIFA involved in a statement.
The 20-year-old scored six goals and provided 12 assists in the German league last season with his pace and mesmerising skills causing many to sit up and take notice.
The video below profiles the French forward as he remains one of the most sought after talents in Europe.
Chelsea target Alex Sandro is the subject of a “substantial offer” from an unnamed club and Juventus insist they will not stand in the left-back’s way if he wishes to leave Turin.
Reports suggest the Bianconeri have received a bid over double the 26 million euro (£23m) fee they paid Porto two years ago for the Brazilian.
It was Blues manager Antonio Conte who signed Sandro, who has won back-to-back league and cup doubles at the Juventus Stadium, and they could be reunited this summer.
Juve are keen to hang on to Sandro – who would provide competition for Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta at Stamford Bridge – but will allow him to depart if he wants to.
Chief executive and general manager Giuseppe Marotta told Corriere dello Sport: “A substantial offer has arrived.
“We have no intention of selling anyone but if a player decides to leave, as has happened in previous years, then at the end of the day he has to go.”
“We don’t keep anyone against their will, but at the moment there are no such situations and I hope nobody will leave.”
Meanwhile, Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick is undergoing a medical at Juventus ahead of a proposed move from Sampdoria.
The 21-year-old, currently part of the Czech squad for the European Under-21 Championship, has been given permission to travel from Poland to Turin with a view to finalising a transfer worth a reported 25million euros (£22million).
Serie A champions Juve confirmed on their website on Thursday morning that Schick had checked in for his medical at around 0900 CET, and added: “A formal confirmation of the move is expected later in the afternoon.”
Schick joined Samp from Sparta Prague last summer and scored against Juve on his first start, finishing the season with 13 goals in all club competitions. He has won five senior caps and scored one goal.
He was the top scorer as the Czech under-21 team qualified for Euro 2017 top of Group One, netting 10 goals in nine games. They face Denmark on Saturday in their final Group C match, having lost 2-0 to Germany in their opener before toppling Italy 3-1 on Wednesday.