“Not another one…”
That must have been the thought of many Chelsea fans when Mohamed Salah officially signed for Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp broke the club’s transfer record to land the Egyptian winger after he spent two seasons scoring loads of goals and assisting even more for Roma.
Salah was on Chelsea’s books as recently as 2015 and in the years between then and his return to the Premier League he’s established himself as one of the most quickest threats in European football.
Of course this is far from the first ex-Stamford Bridge resident of the modern era who has risen their stock significantly since they were sold.
Remember this lot?
Kevin De Bruyne is the most prominent example.
The strawberry-blonde Belgian played just three league games under Jose Mourinho before he was sold to Wolfsburg.
There he picked up where he had left off with Genk and Werder Bremen, ending up as the Bundesliga’s Player of the Year in 2014/15.
Man City then paid £55million for him and you’d be hard pressed to find a fan who reckons the club overpaid.
Arguably the best player in the league in wide positions, his selflessness and eye for a killer pass in the final third saw him top the Premier League’s assist charts last season.
Chelsea have their own world-class Belgian of course in the form of Eden Hazard but still it must be tough for them to watch De Bruyne at his best.
Chelsea regret selling Romelu Lukaku so much they’re prepared to break their transfer record to get him back.
The Blues must have thought they’d cashed in wisely when Everton bought him for £28million but since then the goals have flowed with ease for the big man.
Lukaku never scored a competitive goal for Chelsea (he also missed the deciding penalty in the 2013 Super Cup shootout with Bayern Munich) but 71 goals in 133 games since his departure has left fans cursing the decision to flog him in the first place.
And he’s still just 24-years-old.
Chelsea sold Filipe Luis back to Atletico Madrid a year after buying him, making a cool £5million loss in the process.
15 league games was enough to discredit Luis’ capabilities on English soil but given that he immediately re-established himself as one of the most consistent and parsimonious left-backs in Europe, the West London club can once be accused of impatience.
Marcos Alonso impressed as Antonio Conte led his troops to the title but now Chelsea are considering making Juventus’ Alex Sandro the most expensive left-back of all time.
That’s the same Alex Sandro who sits behind Luis in the pecking order for Brazil. Hhmm…
Juan Cuadrado was very much Mo Salah part two.
The pacey Colombian winger was brought in for £23million and was slowly weaved into the first team with Jose Mourinho constantly saying how good he would eventually become.
Despite the fact he had already made the world aware of his talents with some sparkling World Cups displays.
The managerial reshuffle saw him loaned to Juventus for what seemed like an eternity before finally making the move permanent earlier this year.
He was a key contributor to the Old Lady’s back-to-back doubles in the last two seasons and only a fool would bet against him adding to his trophy cabinet several times in the next few years.
Okay, so many of you will say Chelsea dodged a bullet on this occasion.
Danny Sturridge is so injury-prone that Liverpool’s physio is at risk of over-exhaustion.
But on the rare occasions he does frequent a football pitch for 90 minutes he usually finds the net.
He’s scored 60 goals in 119 games for Liverpool which is pretty impressive when you consider his match sharpness is constantly being disrupted.
Chelsea fans wouldn’t have spent too much time regretting this one, although the season he scored 21 goals while £50million Fernando Torres limped his way to five they would have reversed time in a heartbeat.
To a lesser extent we could include Ryan Bertrand, Oriol Romeu and Thorgan Hazard in this list but it’s the likes of De Bruyne and Lukaku that should make Chelsea think longer the next time they consider ditching a promising youngster for a quick buck.
As for Salah, we’ll just have to wait and see but his first game back at Stamford Bridge promises to be particularly interesting.