Mohamed Salah was 'close' to Chelsea return before signing Liverpool contract extension

Mohamed Salah signed a £350,000-a-week contract extension with Liverpool earlier this week, but the Egyptian was reportedly close to rejoining Chelsea before agreeing to the deal.

While Sadio Mane has departed for Bayern Munich, Liverpool fans can at least enjoy knowing Mohamed Salah has confirmed his long-term future at Anfield.

The Egyptian winger signed a contract extension earlier this week valued at £350,000-a-week after months of negotiations over his salary.

Liverpool owners FSG have implemented a strict wage structure at the club in recent years, but Salah's new contract has broken the club record to make him the squad's highest earner.

But amid Salah's salary stand-off, reports from The Sun suggest the 30-year-old was close to rejoining Chelsea.

Salah played for the Blues between 2014 and 2016, but only managed 13 appearances and two goals before joining Roma.

With the London club now looking to start a new era under owner Todd Boehly, the 48-year-old is looking to make a statement signing this summer, and made an attempt to bring Salah back to Stamford Bridge eight years after he left.

Boehly's pursuit of Salah has evidently fallen short, but Chelsea continue to be linked to both Raheem Sterling and Ousmane Dembele as the Blues look to replace the outgoing Romelu Lukaku.

Neymar's reported fall-out at PSG has also resulted in the Brazil star being linked with a move to the Blues.

Thomas Tuchel will also need to replace both Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger with both centre-backs departing Stamford Bridge this summer.

Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde are touted as possible replacements, but Boehly is yet to complete his first signing since taking over from Roman Abramovich in west London.

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