Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah is on Chelsea’s shortlist ahead of the summer transfer window.
That is according to German news outlet Sport Bild as they claim the Egypt international is one of two other targets for the Blues alongside Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland and Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku.
Whilst the latter pair have been tipped for a move to Chelsea in recent weeks, Thomas Tuchel’s ‘transfer decision’ to include Salah on his shortlist will come as a surprise to many.
After all, the 28-year-old plays for a rival club and it seems unlikely that Liverpool would want to do business with a potential competitor for the Premier League title next season.
Not to mention strengthening Chelsea and harming their own chances of reclaiming the Premier League crown.
With that said, Salah was on the books at Stamford Bridge between 2014 and 2016, but made just 19 appearances before rebuilding his career in Serie A with Fiorentina and Roma.
Since returning to England in the summer of 2019, Salah has become one of the most prolific goalscorers across the entire division and is just seven shy of 100 Premier League goals for Liverpool.
As a result, it is safe to say he has achieved what he set out to do – prove Chelsea wrong.
“I know from the first day I wanted to do something different, something special,” he said in 2018. “I was here with Chelsea, didn’t get my chance, and then came back. I wanted to show everyone my football.
“I didn’t play. You can see by the numbers. I didn’t have my chance, but you can see when I did get my chance I proved some people wrong.”
Such comments would suggest that Salah has used his Chelsea experience as motivation to reach the next level rather than put himself in the shop window for a potential return.
Meanwhile, Tuchel has backed Timo Werner to improve next season with or without any new signings.
“You will not find one manager who will not add a 20-goal striker to his squad. I cannot have enough of them, if you can guarantee that,” the Chelsea boss told Sky Sports.
“But this is what Chelsea bought, they bought Timo Werner and he is a 20/30-goal striker a year. Now he is struggling a little bit, for the first time in his career.
“I have known him since he was 17. He scored every year in youth football. When he was 16 he played under-18, when he was 17 he played under-19 and he never stopped scoring.
“In any transfer, there are risks of adaptations, change of country, change of mentality.
“It needs time. It’s not a puzzle where you identify one piece and you go out and find the exact piece, it’s more than that and that’s why there is no rush and no panic.”