Liverpool have signed former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah for a fee understood to be close to £35million.
The Egypt international, who has spent the last two seasons playing for Roma, left Stamford Bridge on a permanent deal last summer for less than half that figure.
Here’s a look at other players Chelsea could have received more money for.
A decade ago, England international Johnson was on his way to the south coast, leaving Chelsea to join Harry Redknapp’s Portsmouth for around £4million. The fee was a couple of million less than the Blues paid West Ham for the defender in 2003 and considerably less than the amount Pompey secured when selling him on in the summer of 2009.
Chelsea were interested in re-signing the right-back and had an offer accepted, but Johnson opted to sign a four-year contract with Rafa Benitez’s Liverpool for around £17million.
Chelsea admitted making a mistake with Matic. After letting him go to Benfica as a makeweight in the deal to sign Brazil defender David Luiz on the final day of January in 2011, they had to shell out around £21million to bring him back three years later.
The Serbian midfielder made just two substitute appearances in the Premier League during the first spell. He has featured more than 150 times in all competitions since returning, winning two league titles and the League Cup.
Diarra is another former Chelsea player who Portsmouth made a sizeable profit on. The France midfielder departed the Blues for an undisclosed fee – reported to be as low as £2million – in August 2007 and arrived at Fratton Park five months later via a short stay at Arsenal.
Pompey, who paid the Gunners around £5.5million, almost quadrupled their money a year later, selling Diarra to LaLiga giants Real Madrid for close to £19million. Diarra lasted three seasons in the Spanish capital – his longest spell with any club – before moving on to play in Russia, France and the UAE.
PATRICK VAN AANHOLT
The left-back is currently at Crystal Palace after former Eagles boss Sam Allardyce was prompted to pay around £14million for his services in January. Van Aanholt’s multi-million pound move from Sunderland to Selhurst Park came two and a half years after Chelsea let him go for around a tenth of that figure.
The Holland international made only two league appearances – both as a substitute – at Stamford Bridge. He was loaned out numerous times, playing for Coventry, Newcastle, Leicester and Wigan, as well as spending two seasons with Dutch club Vitesse, before his £1.5million switch to the Stadium of Light.
Although the Italy international has done little in his subsequent career to suggest he would have been a playing asset for the Blues, the club missed an opportunity to capitalise financially on his departure. With his contract running down, Chelsea reportedly received less than £500,000 compensation when Borini agreed a move to Italian side Parma in 2011.
His value rose considerably in the next 12 months while playing on loan at Roma and he returned to the Premier League to join Liverpool for in excess of £10million in 2012 before moving on to current club Sunderland for a slightly smaller fee.
Signed for around £11million from Swiss club Basle in the 2014 January transfer window, Salah was a bit-part player for Mourinho’s Chelsea. He managed two goals in 11 outings in his first season and then, after appearing only eight times the next campaign, was loaned to Fiorentina.
He impressed in Florence and spent 2015/16 with Serie A rivals Roma, prior to a permanent move to the Italian capital last summer with Chelsea receiving a reported £15million. The 25-year-old will play at Anfield next season after Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was persuaded to part with a large chunk of his transfer budget to bring him back to England.
KEVIN DE BRUYNE
The creative midfielder became the fifth most expensive player in history when Manchester City paid Bundesliga club Wolfsburg around £55million in August 2015. Just over 18 months earlier, De Bruyne had been allowed to join the German side for less than a third of that figure by former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.
At the time, many thought the Blues had done remarkably well to receive a reported £18million for someone who had made only three Premier League appearances, but the Belgian has since developed into one of European football’s top talents.
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Liverpool have completed the £34.3million signing of Mohamed Salah from Roma but with add-ons, the transfer could see the Egypt international become the club’s record signing.
Salah completed a medical and agreed personal terms on a five-year contract after the two clubs finally ended a month-long stay at the negotiation table with the Reds initially seeing a £28million bid rejected last month.
The 25-year-old returns to the Premier League after an unsuccessful spell at Chelsea but having reinvented himself with first Fiorentina and then Roma, Salah will inject some much needed pace into Jurgen Klopp’s side.
With the transfer finalised we look at Liverpool’s most expensive purchases and analyse their stay and Anfield.
For now, the towering striker remains the club’s record buy after Kenny Dalglish parted with a then British record transfer fee of £35million to sign him from Newcastle on January transfer deadline day in 2011.
At 22 years old, Carroll was one of England’s most promising young talents having hugely impressed during the first half of the 2010/11 campaign, scoring 11 times for the Magpies.
Incredibly, that matches his entire goalscoring tally for the Reds as he scored only 11 times in 58 games as injuries curtailed his career.
Admittedly when in the side, Carroll wasn’t helped by Dalglish. Stewart Downing was brought in the summer after to provide width and a regular supply line to the big man but the two rarely played together with the traditional 4-4-2 formation lacking cohesion.
Following Dalglish’s departure, Brendan Rodgers quickly determined that Carroll wouldn’t fit his style and he was allowed to join West Ham on loan in 2012.
That turned into a permanent move as Liverpool recovered £15million with Rodgers’ ruthless decision to cut him from his plans justified.
While Carroll is undoubtedly a talented player, a combination of circumstances and injuries meant his Reds career was a failure
Another case of wrong player for the wrong manager at the wrong time.
Brendan Rodgers was in need of goals and in the summer of 2015 he turned to the Belgian striker, making him the club’s second most expensive player ever having agreed a £32.5million deal with Aston Villa.
Few saw the logic in the transfer given it was clear Benteke wasn’t a typical Rodgers-type player. While there is more to his game than simply being a target man, it was his primary strength and quite simply Liverpool were not built to get the best out of him.
Under Rodgers, Liverpool dogmatically kept the ball on the deck and consistently leaned towards the bottom of the table when it came to crosses made.
Perplexing then they signed a player who had the most headed goals in the Premier League since signing in 2012 and had won the most aerial duels at the time, too.
His long-term unsuitability was obvious and that was only strengthened when Rodgers was sacked and Jurgen Klopp brought in as his successor.
The German had no desire to crowbar his predecessor’s signing into the team, starting Divock Origi, Daniel Sturridge and even Roberto Firmino ahead of him.
Benteke started just eight Premier League games in total under Klopp, scoring nine goals in 29 league appearances. At the end of the season Benteke was sold to Crystal Palace for £32million.
Salah and Mane may just be about to provide Liverpool with the most potent wing pairing in the Premier League.
When Klopp completed the £30million transfer of Mane from Southampton last year it’s fair to say there was a collective raised eyebrow for Anfield supporters.
The skepticism, though, quickly made way for broad smiles. The Senegalese forward was simply a sensation last season as he emerged as Klopp’s chief attacking threat.
His solo goal against Arsenal on the opening day was just the beginning as his pace, power and incessant movement made him a menace both from an attacking and defensive perspective.
Mane meshed perfectly with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino as their chemistry guided the Liverpool back into the promise land of Champions League football.
He ended the season with 13 goals and eight assists in 29 appearances but his impact was far more reaching than just the numbers.
His absence for the Africa Cup of Nations saw a noticeable drop off in Liverpool’s dynamism and undoubtedly Mane has established himself as a crucial cog in Klopp’s attacking machine.
With specters of Carroll and Benteke vanished, Liverpool fans will look at Mane with decidedly more optimism ahead of the new campaign.
While Mane’s signing was met with cynicism, Firmino’s was greeted by ebullience.
The £29million buy from Hoffenheim was a relative mystery when he signed two years ago but that didn’t stem the tide of positive sentiment.
Indeed, Liverpool had beaten both Chelsea and Manchester United to secure the Brazilian and that alone was justification for the excitement.
While he flourished at Anfield last season under the guidance of Klopp, his debut campaign with Rodgers at the helm saw him get off to a slow start in an unfamiliar wide role.
There were times when he was even deployed in a withdrawn wing-back role but the arrival of Klopp in October saw the shackles broken. His tremendous work rate combined with a clinical edge saw Firmino make the No9 shirt his own.
He finished the season as the club’s top league scorer with 10 and entered last term as Klopp’s first-choice centre-forward.
The 25-year-old didn’t just shoulder the responsibility but embraced it. With Mane and countryman Coutinho either side of him, the fluidity among the front three in Klopp’s shape-shifting 4-3-3 formation provided penetration, work rate and ingenuity.
There was, however, a dip in form from December onward as the Reds struggled with Coutinho’s spell on the sidelines and Mane’s absence for the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Brazil international found himself shifted to the wings to accommodate Divock Origi although a Jekyll and Hyde 2017 saw him return to his best form towards the end of the campaign.
No player has benefitted more from Rodgers’ exit and Klopp’s arrival than Lallana.
His maiden season at Anfield following a £25million switch from Southampton in 2014 was forgettable to say the least.
In Lallana’s defence, injury prevented him from getting a full pre-season under his belt which inherently affected him during the 2014/15 campaign.
However, his insipid displays at the beginning of his second season had the Reds faithful worried as his rapidly deteriorating form mirrored that of the squad under Rodgers.
But with Klopp’s arrival in October, Lallana burst into life and began to show the glimpses of form which convinced the Anfield outfit to make him their fifth most expensive player ever.
A slick operator, the confidence he gained under Klopp enabled him to become a pivotal figure with impressive performances coming in that season’s home win over Chelsea and the victory at Man City.
While he regained style in the 2015/16 season, he added substance last term. Lallana crucially produced goals (8) and assists (7) his creativity warranted to add numerical credence to his star performances.
Injury disrupted his season but regardless, Lallana enjoyed a standout season and has been transformed into one of England’s finest creative talents under Klopp.
The German will hope he can kick on and stay free of injury next term.
In his first season at Old Trafford, Jose Mourinho delivered three trophies and returned Manchester United to the Champions League.
On the surface, that seems like a stunning season but the truth is that they accomplished it all in rather unorthodox fashion.
They struggled to score goals, particularly at home, and ended up drawing far too many games, leading to a sixth place finish.
Meanwhile, the trophies they won were the Community Shield, League Cup and Europa League. With all due respect to those competitions, a club of United’s stature should be chasing the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League instead.
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