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MO SALAH was prepared to move to Chelsea before his deal made him the highest-paid player in Liverpool history.

Blues’ new owner Todd Boehly had lined up Reds' star Salah, 30, as talks stalled over a new three-year deal.

4Mo Salah only headed for a new Liverpool deal after they almost doubled his wages to make him their record earnerCredit: Alamy 4Virgil Van Dijk has been replaced as Liverpool's top earner by Mo SalahCredit: The Times

It was a major factor in Kop owners FSG coming up with a deal worth almost £400,000 a week.

Salah, through agent Ramy Abbas, had made it clear to Fenway Sports Group that he would consider returning to Stamford Bridge, where he spent two years from 2014-16.

FSG spent almost a year baulking at wage demands beyond the structure that had seen Virgil van Dijk as the club’s top earner on £225,000 a week.

SunSport revealed Liverpool were even prepared to take £60million for Salah rather than let him leave on a free next June at the end of his old deal.

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But the Americans realised that, having been forced to sell Sadio Mane to Bayern Munich in a £35m deal, losing Salah to a Prem rival would have gone down badly.

The Blues threat forced a major rethink before handing Salah a deal which will see him bank at least £62m.

He signed on the dotted line on Friday while on holiday on the Greek island of Mykonos.

There may be a greater price to pay by FSG for the likes of Van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold who signed new deals last season could now ask for a major top-up.

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But the Anfield hierarchy insist that Salah’s pay deal is heavily incentivised while a chunk of it is connected to the Egyptian star’s image rights.

They hope those details will get them off the hook if other stars now start demanding more.

Yet in the end FSG still believed that the risk of taking any financial collateral damage from the fall-out of the Salah deal was worth taking.

Darwen Nunez was signed as a replacement for Mane at a price of £64m rising to a potential club record of £85m.

4Striker Mo Salah could have been lining up alongside Mateo Kovacic and Co had Liverpool not decided to hand him a huge deal rather than sell himCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

Portuguese prodigy Fabio Carvalho, 19, was also brought in from Fulham in another £7.7m attacking investment.

But in the end losing Salah to a major competitor like Chelsea either in the coming weeks or next year they knew would have been seen as a massive blow to the club’s prestige.

4Egypt superstar Mo Salah was at Stamford Bridge from 2014-16Credit: AFP

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Major update after pregnant Jasmine Porter raped & strangled to death in front of son who was trapped with body in home

AN arrest has been made in the murder case of a pregnant mom who was found strangled to death in her home more than two decades ago.

Jasmine Porter, 36, was six months pregnant when she was reportedly raped and killed in her Bronx apartment on February 5, 1996, in front of her five-year-old son.

2Jasmine Porter was killed while she was six months pregnant in her Bronx apartment. Her son, 5 years old at the time, was reportedly in the apartment for three daysCredit: Handout 2Gregg Fleetwood, a 66-year-old man from the Bronx, was charged in the murder of Jasmine Porter. His DNA was in the system because of two other rape cases he committedCredit: NBC New York

Her body was found three days later with her young son reportedly attempting to wipe blood from her face.

Now nearly 30 years later, the NYPD revealed on Monday that a suspect was taken into custody.

Gregory Fleetwood, 66, has been arrested after DNA reportedly linked him to the crime.

He was reported to have been a neighbor of Jasmine's at the time of her death.

Authorities say Fleetwood killed the young mom in her home after allegedly meeting her after a party in their neighborhood.

DNA from underneath Jasmine's fingernails was re-tested, thanks to a tip, detective Robert Klein of Bronx Homicide revealed.

The results led investigators to Fleetwood in the case of Jasmine and two other rape cases.

He reportedly already spent seven years in prison for a 1987 manslaughter charge, which included the rape and strangling of another female victim, according to NBC.

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The murder of Jasmine Porter only came two years after his release.

Jasmine's sister, Shauna Porter-White, told PIX11 News: “It’s been 26 years and I tell you, my God, I wish my mother was alive to see this day.”

She praised Detective Klein stating: "I feel like this was his sister ... He called her Jazzie."

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The major update for the family comes only months after it suffered another tragedy.

Jasmine and Shauna's brother Jason was murdered four months ago, according to Pix11.

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