Daily Archives: June 23, 2017

Liverpool completes signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma

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Liverpool have completed the signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma after weeks of negotiating with the Serie A runners-up.

The £36.9m fee, already a club record transfer fees for the Reds, could rise to a staggering £43.9m with add-ons according to Roma, and in turn could further eclipse the £35m spent on Andy Carroll from Newcastle United back in January 2011.

After joining, Salah said in a statement published at Liverpoolfc.com: “I’m very excited to be here. I’m very happy. I will give 100% and give everything for the club. I really want to win something for this club.”

“We have a great team and very good players. I was watching the games last year and everyone was giving 100% to win something. Everyone can see the coach gives everything. I hope to see that together we can give everything to win something for the club, for the supporters and for us.”

Salah, 25, had been a transfer target of the Reds in the past, with the club missing out on his signature three years ago when he joined Chelsea for an underwhelming spell in the Premier League.

However, Salah experienced a revival after leaving the Blues by impressing in the Serie A with 29 goals in 65 appearances for Roma. Chelsea is also due to receive a percentage of the Egypt international’s latest transfer fee.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp also believes that the winger has developed a more rounded game and his “incredible” pace will add depth to a squad which will be further tested this season with the challenge of a Champions League campaign.

“His record in Italy has been outstanding and he possesses qualities that will enhance our team and squad,” Klopp said. “His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area.”

“Most important, though, for us, is that he is hungry, willing and eager to be even better and improve further. He believes in what we are trying to do here at Liverpool and is extremely keen to be part of it.”

“He is very excited about performing for our wonderful supporters. He is an ambitious player who wants to win and win at the highest level; he knows he can fulfil those ambitions with Liverpool.”

Angel Di Maria fined after pleading guilty to tax fraud charge

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Angel Di Maria has been sentenced to one year in prison and fined €2 million after pleading guilty to two counts of tax fraud in Spain.

However, Di Maria, 29, is unlikely to serve the jail sentence since most sentences under two years in Spain are suspended for first-time offenders.

The Paris Saint-Germain playmaker spent four seasons with Real Madrid between 2010–14 and the details of his case have been confirmed by the Spanish tax authorities.

The case relates to the 29-year-old’s image rights in 2012‑13, and he has agreed to repay the frauded amount as well as a 60% fine, a sentence similar to deals struck with the Spanish taxman by his fellow Argentinians Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi last year.

Messi and his father were given 21-month sentences for three counts of tax fraud but did not go to prison, while Mascherano was given a one-year sentence for tax evasion.

Di Maria’s plea comes in the midst of a concerted attempt by public prosecutors in Spain to target high-earners suspected of tax evasion, with his former coach Jose Mourinho and former teammate Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid being the most recent to be implicated, although both have denied any wrongdoing.

Miles Dean, the founding partner of Milestone International Tax Consultants, said: “This is a witch hunt against the wealthy, which is not limited to footballers. This is jealously riding roughshod over the rule of law.”

Bayern Munich issues FIFA threat to ward off Lewandowski bids

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Bayern Munich are prepared to seek FIFA sanctions against any club approaching Robert Lewandowski with the interest of signing the unsettled Polish striker.

Lewandowski, 28, has been linked with a summer transfer window move to Chelsea or Manchester United amidst reports that initial talks over a deal had begun.

However, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich issued a statement to Sky Deutschland to deny the claims, saying: “Robert is under contract at Bayern and only recently renewed his deal until 2021. Bayern Munich waste no thought on a Lewandowski move.”

“There are no talks with other clubs, and there won’t be any. If other clubs negotiate with players who are under long-term contracts, they risk FIFA punishment. The agent also confirmed to us that he has not held any contract talks.”

On the other hand, Lewandowski’s agent has criticised Bayern for not helping his client to secure the Bundesliga golden boot.

Although the striker scored 30 goals for the season, he needed to score twice against Freiburg in the final Bundesliga game of the season to overhaul the tally of Borussia Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

Agent Maik Barthel revealed the Pole felt the club did not help him to achieve the personal landmark, telling Kicker: “Robert told me that he got no support and that the coach gave no call to help him in the last game to win the top-scorer title.”

“He was disappointed as I have never seen him before,” Barthel added. “He really hoped that the team would support him proactively.”