Liverpool have completed the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma’s former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian, 25, has signed a five-year deal and has been a prime target for manager Jurgen Klopp.
At current exchange rates, the fee is short of the club record £35m paid for Andy Carroll in 2011 but matches the sum they spent in 2016 to make Sadio Mane the most expensive African player.
Salah almost joined Liverpool from Basle in 2014 before moving to Chelsea.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said Salah has “the perfect mix of experience and potential”, adding: “This is a really exciting signing for us.
“I have followed him since he emerged at Basle and he has matured into a really good player.
“His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this area. I like that we will make it even more competitive.”
Salah will wear the number 11 shirt, with Roberto Firmino moving to number nine.
After only six Premier League starts following his £11m move, Salah had loan spells at Fiorentina and Roma before joining the latter in a permanent move for about £15m last summer.
He was a key figure as Roma finished second in Serie A last season, scoring 15 goals in 31 league appearances.
Liverpool have already signed Chelsea’s 19-year-old striker Dominic Solanke, who was top scorer as England won the Under-20 World Cup and will join on 1 July.
That fee will be decided by a tribunal after he rejected a new contract at Stamford Bridge, with the fee expected to be about £3m.
Inter Milan names former Roma boss Luciano Spalletti as their new manager.
Spalletti guided Roma to second place in the Serie A last season before leaving on 30 May after 16 months in charge.
Inter offered Spalletti a two-year contract, effectively replacing Stefano Piolo on 9 May.
An Inter statement said Spalletti will take first-team training from 3 July with the three-time champions of Europe.
Last month, Inter Milan refused to comment on reports they were planning to offer Chelsea boss Antonio Conte a deal to replace Pioli.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has signed a new contract with the club which will last until 2020.
Allegri’s has had a magnificent track record steered Juve to three successive Serie A titles, two Champions League finals and three Coppa Italia triumphs since replacing Antonio Conte in July 2014.
“Side by side, Juventus and Allegri have created history and legend,” said a Juventus statement.
“Now is the time to make the next step forwards together.”
It added: “Today’s agreement extends a working relationship that has seen the Bianconeri consolidate their position as Italy’s top team and also evolve into one of European football’s major forces.”
Roma Captain and legendary football player Francesco Totti says his “love for football will never fade” as he prepares for “the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey” on Sunday.
The 40-year-old has finally reached the end 24-year career and become a director at Roma, the only club he has played for.
Totti has achieved 307 goals in 783 appearances since making his Roma debut in March 1993 at the age of 16.
“I can’t tell you in a few words how much these colours meant, mean and will always mean to me,” he tweeted.
“I just feel that my love for football never fades. It’s a passion, my passion. It’s so deep I can’t imagine not fuelling it any longer. Ever.
“From Monday I’m ready to go again. I’m ready for a new challenge. Roma v Genoa, Sunday, 28 May 2017, the last time I can wear Roma’s jersey.”
Totti, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, has won one Serie A title and two Coppa Italias at Roma.
The club’s new sporting director Monchi had already revealed Totti was to retire from playing at the end of the season – but the player himself had until now remained silent on the matter.
“There is an agreement with the club that this will be his last year,” Monchi said in early May.
“Then he will continue as a director. I want him on my side because he is Roma and can teach me what Roma is,” the Spaniard added.
Fabio Quagliarella’s penalty served as another dent in Inter’s Champions League prospects as Sampdoria left San Siro with a 2-1 win.
A late Fabio Quagliarella penalty left Inter’s Champions League hopes in tatters as Sampdoria came from behind to win 2-1 at San Siro on Monday.
Stefano Pioli’s men were hoping to close the gap between themselves and the top three to six points after Napoli’s draw with Juventus, but they could not make the most of their superiority and Quagliarella punished them from 12 yards.
Inter were dominant throughout the first half and deservedly took a lead into the break thanks to Danilo D’Ambrosio’s deflected effort in the 35th minute.
The visitors rarely troubled Inter at the back, but they were twice denied by the frame of the goal in the first half, with Quagliarella kept out just before the half-hour mark and Bruno Fernandes unlucky soon after.
Sampdoria did restore parity early in the second half, though, as youngster Patrik Schick scored his eighth Serie A goal of the season to continue his encouraging start to life in Italy.
Mauro Icardi was guilty of a diabolical miss 18 minutes from time as he failed to finish off his former team and Sampdoria took full advantage, Quagliarella scoring the winner against Inter for the second time this season.
Juventus established a two-goal advantage in the first leg of their Coppa Italia semi-final against Napoli
Jose Callejon started the scoreline, giving the visitors the lead.
But Paulo Dybala equalized for the Serie A leaders, converting a penalty kick into a goal.
Gonzalo Higuain comes up with a goal and puts Juve ahead. Paulo Dybala follows up with his second penalty. Capping off the scoreline.
- Dybala (47′minutes pen, 69′minutes pen),
- Higuaín (64′minutes)
Massimiliano Allegri would not “deny or confirm” speculation that the Juventus manager will succeed Arsene Wenger as Arsenal manager at the end of the season.
Wenger’s current contract is set to expire at the end of the current campaign, and he has yet to make an official deal.
Sources have been speculating that Juventus manager Allegri and Arsenal are in talks to bring the Italian manager to Arsenal. However, Allegri refused to give flames to the rumors with his statement.
“I won’t deny or confirm anything. I am in sync with the club, now we have to focus on winning.
“At this time of the season the media always says I’m leaving, even when things are going really well.”
Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta reiterated his belief that Allegri will stay:
“Aside from the fact we have a contract with Allegri, I think there are still great targets we need to achieve together and our rapport is very good,” Marotta told Mediaset Premium.
“There is no reason for him to leave Juventus as there is great mutual admiration and affection.”