Mohamed Salah could have a “decent” chance of returning for a second spell with Chelsea if he leaves Liverpool next summer, a report has suggested.
Salah is about to enter the final year of his contract with Liverpool. It means his upcoming sixth season with the club could turn out to be his last. A departure in 2023 would represent the end of an era for one of Liverpool’s best goalscorers of the 21st Century.
To date, Salah has scored 156 goals in 254 appearances for the club. Along the way, he has helped them win the six trophies that have made the Jurgen Klopp era special.
Hence, he feels worthy of a significant deal if he is to sign an extension. But a recent report claimed Liverpool feel they have gone as far as they can with their offers, without unnecessarily breaking their wage structure for a player in his 30s.
Therefore, there will be much speculation about where Salah could end up. He has committed his services to Liverpool for the 2022-23 season. But as things stand, he looks likely to leave them as a free agent after it.
It was recently suggested that Salah could yet stay in the Premier League after his eventual Liverpool exit. According to The Athletic, the Egyptian could seek a move to another English club.
There are only a handful of options that would be available to him. Rivalries with Liverpool may also hamper his chances of opting for certain clubs.
But in a new feature from The Athletic, discussing players who switch between the top six clubs in the Premier League, Salah’s future comes into focus again.
They now suggest Chelsea “would be a decent bet” for his next club if he is to remain in English football.
Their article points to the “diminishing pool of alternatives” to take Salah, in addition to the finances that would be associated with his next move.
Indeed, it is fair to assume that only the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea would be able to afford Salah’s salary demands within the Premier League. Of the trio, Chelsea are the least likely to be classed as a rival.
Mohamed Salah would be much better second time around for Chelsea – if it happened
Still, it would be bitter for Liverpool to see their number 11 flourishing elsewhere in England.
A return to Chelsea would certainly be intriguing for Salah. He originally flopped there after joining from Basel, before reviving his career in Italy with Fiorentina and Roma.
His form in Serie A earned him his transfer to Liverpool. From there, he has kicked on as one of the best players in the world.
Hence, if he was to head back to Stamford Bridge, Salah would stand a much better chance of success than he did before. He previously only scored twice for them across 19 appearances.
For now, this seems to be speculation and a bit of guesswork. But there could be logic behind it. Only time will tell.