[UPDATE]: Liverpool has since confirmed the signing of Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah for £34.3 million.
Liverpool is reportedly closing in on adding another attacking option to its lineup, with Roma winger Mohamed Salah being the target. According to a report by the Daily Mirror, the two clubs have agreed to a transfer fee of 39 million Euros ($43.5 million). Per the report Salah is expected to undergo his medical evaluation Thursday, with positive results being all that’s needed to finalize the deal.
Salah made a total of 33 appearances in all competitions for Roma last season, tallying 17 goals and 12 assists for a club that finished second in Serie A. Salah’s strong foot is his left, and at Roma he was used primarily on the right side so as to be used in a manner similar to the way Arjen Robben is used at Bayern Munich.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp stated after the 2016-17 season that the club would have benefitted from adding a winger with some pace during the winter transfer window, and in Salah he’s managed to do address that concern. With the arrival of Salah, Klopp can use Philippe Coutinho in a deeper midfield role. In Premier League matches, Coutinho and winger Sadio Mané were tied for the team lead in goals last season as they scored 13 apiece.
After not playing in either European competition last season Liverpool will be in the Champions League as a result of its fourth place finish in the Premier League. Liverpool will have to play a two-legged playoff in August against an opponent yet to be determined in order to participate in the group stage of the Champions League.