Salah's agent rubs it in for Liverpool: They were close, but...

Newly signed Chelsea star's agent has admitted Liverpool were close to his client.

The recriminations are still ongoing at Liverpool regarding their failed bids for Mohamed Salah.

The Reds allowed the winger's transfer to drag on, yet also alerting other clubs to his availability and eventually Chelsea pounced.

The player's agent has now revealed Liverpool spent two-and-a-half months trying, unsuccessfully, to land the Egyptian.

Sascha Empacher told The Mirror: "It was a long and fair negotiation with Liverpool, but it lasted two-and-a-half months - too long.

"Both clubs could not agree on terms. When Chelsea contacted Basel, he was happy and took his chance. It was no financial matter."

Clearly Salah would have seen a move to Liverpool as a dream transfer, and seized that 'chance' if it were offered to him, but it just didn't get to that point.

Liverpool spent far too long attempting to meet Salah's asking price - which Chelsea seemingly did within 24 hours.

Seeing as they had not given up on the deal even until Salah completed his Chelsea medical, Liverpool blew the clear run they had at him.

For any negotiation to go on for that long, would have put serious doubt in the player's mind, firstly how much the buying club actually wanted him, and secondly if it would ever happen. It was no surprise he then leapt at the chance to join Chelsea when it came along.

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