Liverpool are on the verge of kickstarting their summer spending by signing former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah for a club record £39m from Serie A outfit Roma.
The 25-year-old Egypt international is set to eclipse the £35m which Liverpool shelled out for Newcastle hitman Andy Carroll in 2011 and become the most expensive African player in the history of the game.
That particular accolade currently belongs to Salah’s prospective Anfield team-mate Sadio Mane, for whom the Reds paid £34m to Southampton last summer.
Salah joined Chelsea from Basel for £11m in 2014 but made only six Premier League starts before leaving Stamford Bridge on loan. He had spells at Fiorentina and Roma, who he joined permanently for £15m a year ago.
He scored 15 goals in 31 top-flight appearances as Roma finished second in Serie A behind Juventus last term, and is set to become Liverpool’s second close season signing after the capture of Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke.
The 19-year-old, who was top scorer as England won the Under-20 World Cup earlier this month, will join Liverpool on 1 July, while a tribunal will determine the fee.