The English newspaper The Sun has revealed the reason why the Liverpool club were forced to accept the financial terms of their Egyptian star Mohamed Salah after a lengthy refusal to renew his contract with the Reds.
Last Friday, the English club announced the extension of Salah’s contract with Liverpool until June 30, 2025.
And the newspaper reported that English club Chelsea were instrumental in obliging Liverpool to accept Salah’s requests in exchange for an extension.
Just as Salah was ready to return to Chelsea, new Blues owner Todd Boly was preparing a three-season contract for Salah.
And Salah, through his agent Rami Abbas, told Fenway Sports Group that he would consider a return to Stamford Bridge, for which he played at home between 2014 and 2016.
The group running Liverpool were determined not to disrupt the club’s salary structure, with Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk, the Reds defender, earning the highest wage with a weekly wage of £225,000.
— Don Shelby (@DonShelbyUK) July 2, 2022
Liverpool were prepared to leave Salah during the current £60m summer transfer market instead of leaving Anfield for free in the summer of 2023.
But as soon as Liverpool’s management became aware of Chelsea’s desire to include Salah, they were quick to extend his contract until the summer of 2025.
Under the terms of the new contract, which was signed on the Greek island of Mykonos, Egypt captain Salah became the highest paid player in the English Premier League (£400,000), overtaking Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo and Belgian Kevin. De Bruyne.
The Liverpool administration believes that the sale of Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich and the departure of Salah to a local rival would deal a painful blow to the team’s ambitions to fight for titles, as well as lose much of its prestige in English competitions. .
Salah made 19 appearances for Chelsea in all competitions in 2014 and won the League Cup in 2015.