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Unai Emery turned down the chance to sign Mohamed Salah at Paris Saint-Germain, and the Arsenal boss has explained why in an honest assessment.
Salah rediscovered his form in Italy following a nightmare spell at Chelsea.
He shined at Fiorentina before producing heroics for AS Roma. He bagged 14 goals in Serie A whilst on loan, which was enough for Roma to hand him a permanent contract.
But he lasted just one more season as Liverpool snapped him up for £36.9 million.
'The Egyptian King' has since delivered the goods in stunning, stunning fashion. Scoring goals at an alarming rate.
However, it could have been very different had Paris Saint-Germain tabled an offer.
Emery, who was in charge of the French outfit, has revealed the club looked into signing Salah from Roma before having some doubts.
"We spoke about the possibility to sign Salah to PSG when he was playing at Roma," the Spaniard said.
"We had some doubts - and then he signed for Liverpool and these doubts he has broken at Liverpool.
"The doubts were as to how he can take the performance into one big team.
"For example like PSG in Paris. But today I can say to you, if you are speaking about the five top players in the world, one is Salah."
Emery will come up against Salah and co on Saturday when his side travel to Anfield to face the Premier League leaders.
He also weighed in on Manchester City's back-to-back league defeats.
"It is a very big surprise how Manchester City lost their two last matches," he added.
"It is a surprise for me and I think for all and at the moment, Liverpool didn't have mistakes in their matches.
"They created this team. I remember three years ago they had a problem in their defensive moments and bought some people - for example Virgil van Dijk - with a good investment and the result is we are looking today at their progress. They are a very big team."
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