Roma’s sporting director Walter Sabatini has expressed regret over being unable to strike a deal that would have seen Mohamed Salah make a switch to the Stadio Olimpico during the January transfer window.
Speaking to Sport Mediaset, as relayed by the Daily Express, the Italian chief revealed that he had made a mistake in not securing Salah, who has been in lethal form since joining Serie A rivals Fiorentina. The Egyptian winger transferred to Florence on a loan for the rest of the season, with the club having an option to make it permanent.
Sabatini on Salah
At the moment it looks indeed like they might, as the 22-year-old has performed admirably, even helping to knock Roma out of the Europa Ligue in the process. That may be why Sabatini has chosen to make public his regret, stating he should have made more deals in January.
"I made a mistake in January, the team needed reinforcements in attack," Sabatini said.
"I have made choices that immediately have not been successful and the team has suffered.
"I'll have to take account of my mistakes. Salah? It's a regret, another mistake I made."
Naturally now the focus is shifting to just where Salah will be plying his trade come the new season. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho might well welcome him back into the fold if Juan Cuadrado doesn’t find his feet soon, although he’ll have to offload someone else if he does to avoid having a surplus of players in the same position.
Having signed Salah from FC Basel in January of last year, Mourinho will have been disappointed with the tame performances the winger produced when he was given a chance in the first team. As a result this loan spell to Fiorentina could hand given him a Stamford Bridge lifeline, though all will become clear in the summer.
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