Roma president James Pallotta says he had no choice but to sell Mo Salah and Alisson to Liverpool.
Salah landed the Premier League Golden Boot after joining the Reds last season and Alisson moved to Anfield this summer in a £65million deal that was a world record before Chelsea signed Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Roma chief Pallotta says the Serie A club was given little option but to sell in both cases.
“I liked Salah a lot,” said Pallotta, speaking on Roma’s official YouTube channel. “Unbeknown to a lot of people, or a lot of people don’t seem to know, is that we didn’t have a choice in him leaving.
“It was difficult. He had one year left and he asked to leave and he felt like he had something to prove back in the Premier League.
“It was difficult for that. I think Alisson’s not an easy one.
“People outside think you have choices and a lot of the time you don’t so you just try to make the best of it.
“It’s not an easy thing – there’s a lot of thought that goes into that kind of stuff and a lot of the time, you’ve just got no choice.”