With Mohamed Salah having recently penned a big-money contract extension at Liverpool, a stunning report has suggested that the Egyptian was prepared to make a shock switch to a Premier League rival.
After a lengthy period of negotiation between Salah's entourage and Liverpool, it was confirmed on Friday that the forward had finally signed a new three-year deal with the Merseyside club worth £400 000 (R7.9 million) a week, including performance-related bonuses, according to the Metro.
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Prior to that, the 30-year-old had just one season remaining on his contract, and there was some heavy speculation over whether or not he would leave Anfield as talks between the parties involved stalled.
It has now been claimed that the attacker's contract situation had piqued serious interest from his former club Chelsea, resulting in the Reds hierarchy giving in to the player's wage demands, according to The Sun.
The Blues' new co-owner Todd Boehly is understood to be keen on bringing in a big name in this window, and Salah is believed to have been among those lined up by the American businessman, along with Raheem Sterling, Raphinha, and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Tottenham Hotspur's new recruit Richarlison is also said to have been considered by the Stamford Bridge ownership.
However, Salah's new club-record salary has now ruled out the Pharoah's potential return to west London eight years after departing.
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