Barcelona turned down transfer for Liverpool striker Mo Salah for just £35m

Barcelona reportedly turned down the chance to sign Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah when he was available for just £35million.

Salah, 29, is regarded as one of the world's most best centre-forwards thanks to his exploits on Merseyside.

Since joining Liverpool, the Egyptian superstar has scored 130 goals in 209 appearances, helping Jurgen Klopp's side to win the Champions League and their first Premier League title in two decades.

But things could have turned out very differently indeed if reports in Spain are to be believed.

According to El Nacional, Barcelona turned down the chance to sign Salah when he was at Roma, allowing Liverpool swooped in.

The report claims Salah was offered to the Catalan giants for a bargain basement fee of £35m, as Roma's sporting director Monchi 'wanted to get rid' of him.

Ex-Barcelona President Josep Maria Bartomeu is said to have rejected the offer, and the La Liga giants splashed out on £135m on Borussia Dortmund flop Ousmane Dembele instead.

That fee represents a large chunk of the money Barcelona received from Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar, and goes some way to explaining the financial hole the club are in now.

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While Salah has gone from strength-to-strength on Merseyside, Dembele has been in-and-out of the Barcelona first-team with persistent injury problems and inconsistent form.

Since joining Barcelona in 2017, the Frenchman has managed just 118 first-team appearances, scoring 30 goals and contributing 21 assists.

Those numbers pale in contrast to Salah, who scored 31 goals for the Reds last season alone. He has also twice been named the Premier League Golden Boot winner.

Despite Dembele's struggles, he is expected to sign a new contract in the coming weeks that will keep him at the club until 2025.

The 24-year-old is still plagued by injury problems and has yet to make a first-team appearance for Barcelona so far this season.

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