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Roma are not inferior to Barcelona, says Pallotta

Roma selling Mohamed Salah to Liverpool has left the Italians looking silly.

Liverpool raided Roma for Salah back in the summer with the Egypt star moving to Anfield for a fee of £37million. There's a frustration on my part that people say Roma are a supermarket.

While the 25-year-old is wanted by Premier League clubs, it is Real Madrid who could have the upper hand in negotiations with Roma as they switch their focus away from David de Gea. "We're not just trying to sell players", Pallotta said during an interview with Sirius XM radio on Wednesday.

"When you think about it, (Miralem) Pjanic had a release clause and he had to go".

Facing potential financial fair play penalties from UEFA, Roma needed to balance its books by the end of June and the Salah sale erased a big chunk of the club's deficit.

At the time of the transfer, Monchi had a hard time believing that Salah would prosper in the English Premier League.

And now Italian publication Corriere dello Sport report that Roma president Jim Pallotta has spoken with sporting director Monchi about the price at which they would be willing to sell Alisson.

"He (Monchi) came in a year ago without having a lot of time on the transfer market", said Boston-based Pallotta, cited in the Daily Express.

"I'm pretty confident we can play Barcelona". We're happy to have one of the top five goalkeepers in the world.

"I've been a fan of Alisson since the first day he's been with us and am glad he's finally been able to show how good he is, as he's been incredible for us". "Unfortunately he has missed most of the season for injuries but he's another player we think will be very important".

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