British newspaper The Sun gave a big surprise by reporting that Egyptian star Mohamed Salah was set to return to his former Chelsea team before renewing his contract with Liverpool last Friday.
Salah’s old Liverpool contract expires on June 30, 2023, and the two sides have been in long and tense negotiations in recent months to extend it before they reached an agreement on Friday.
And The Sun reported that Salah was ready to leave Liverpool for Chelsea during the current summer transfer period before Liverpool agreed to extend his contract.
And the newspaper indicated that new Chelsea owner American Todd Boly was intent on signing Salah when talks of renewing his contract with Liverpool ceased.
She pointed out that Chelsea’s interest in including Salah was a major factor in Liverpool’s owners eventually reaching an agreement with the Egyptian star to extend his contract in exchange for an estimated £400,000 a week.
The Sun notes that the Egyptian star, through his agent Rami Abbas, signaled to Liverpool’s Fenway sports group that he would consider returning to Chelsea, where he spent two years from 2014 to 2016.
And the newspaper stressed: “Liverpool officials realized that after the departure of the Senegalese Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich on a deal for 35 million pounds, losing Salah to an English rival would be a bad move.”
And the Sun reported that Liverpool were willing to sell Salah for £60m rather than letting him leave for free next June before dropping the issue.
Notably, 30-year-old Salah moved to Liverpool in 2017 from Rome and scored 156 goals in 254 matches in various competitions.
Source: “The Sun”