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Monchi leading Liverpool a merry dance yet again with Roma negotiations

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In their pursuit of the Serie A side’s Mohamed Salah, Liverpool are finding the Spaniard to be a tough cookie to crack again.

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Liverpool have been told that Roma are “not a supermarket” as they continue to pursue their reported interest in Mohamed Salah.

The Serie A side’s sporting director Monchi confirmed to the club’s official website there is interest from an English club for the Egyptian, but said “we set the price and we decide if we sell at that price.”

Mo SalahMo Salah

Having dealt with the Spaniard twice before in his previous role at Sevilla, the Reds should be well aware of these tactics by now.

However, the Mirror reported last week that not even an eye-watering price tag of £42m was enough to dissuade the Merseysiders.

So it appears the Premier League side are about to be stung for a hefty fee at Monchi’s behest for the THIRD time in succession.

A deal for infamous midfielder Luis Alberto was the first struck between the transfer guru and Liverpool.

Liverpool's Luis Alberto celebrates goalLiverpool's Luis Alberto celebrates goal

The now 24-year-old was signed for £6.8m in July 2013, almost a month after Monchi said Liverpool’s original offer was not satisfactory.

Terms were finally agreed of course, and the player went on to play just nine Premier League games. He was sold to Lazio last summer for £4.3m

One year later Monchi was at it again. He rubbished Liverpool’s offer for Alberto Moreno saying “we couldn’t reach an agreement and I don’t think it can be revived.”

Although it took longer this time, Monchi still performed his heist.

Liverpool's Alberto Moreno in actionLiverpool's Alberto Moreno in action

Brendan Rodgers signed Moreno two months later for £12m and the Spaniard has been so disappointing at Anfield that midfielder James Milner usurped him at left-back last season.

He now appears to be up for sale this summer with Liverpool simply hoping to break even on the deal.

Although three years have passed since the Moreno transfer and Monchi has swapped Spain for Italy, he still appears hell-bent on holding Liverpool to ransom. And who can blame him?

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