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Egypt's Salah move to Liverpool 'best bargain' in summer: CIES Football Observatory study

Ahram Online , Wednesday 6 Sep 2017
Mohamed Salah
Liverpool's Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah (Reuters)

An analytical report by The CIES Football Observatory over summer spending by European clubs indicated that Mohamed Salah's move to Liverpool was the best bargain in the transfer window.

The data-driven analysis, which uses various statistics to calculate a value for a player, set the estimated value of the in-form Egypt winger at 69.4m euros.

Liverpool had paid AS Roma a 50m euro club record fee to land Salah but the study suggests that this figure is well below his true worth.

"According to the algorithm developed, the most over-paid transfer in absolute terms was that of Kylian Mbappé from Monaco to Paris St-Germain: +€87.4 million between the amount reported (add-ons included) and the estimated sum," the study said.

"Conversely, the best bargain from a financial point of view was achieved by Liverpool for the recruitment of Mohammed Salah (-€19.4 million)."

Salah made an explosive start with Liverpool, scoring three goals in five competitive appearances - two in the Premier League and one in the UEFA Champions League playoff.

The 25-year-old scored the goal which led Egypt to a crucial 1-0 World Cup qualifying win at home to Uganda on Tuesday as they seek to qualify for the most prestigious football showpiece for the first time since 1990.

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