Mohamed Salah nearly signed for Sporting Braga, Leonardo Jardim reveals

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Portuguese head coach Leonardo Jardim has revealed that he nearly signed Mohamed Salah for Sporting Braga back in 2011.

Salah first appeared on the European footballing scene back in 2012 when he joined Swiss giants FC Basel coming from Egyptian Premier League side Arab Contractors.

He lifted two Swiss League trophies with Basel, before earning a big move to Chelsea, however, his time in London proved unfruitful, which led to hem to join Fiorentina on loan then AS Roma.

Salah’s impressive performance in Italy earned him another big move to England, but this time it was Liverpool, where has combined with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino to form one of Europe’s most formidable attacks.

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However, that could have been a different story as according to former Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim, he tried to sign the Egyptian forward for Sporting Braga back in 2011 when he was in charge of the club.

“I will confess something that I had never said to anyone,” Jardim said in an interview with Record.

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“I wanted to sign Mohamed Salah for Sporting Braga in 2011 when he was playing for Arab Contractors in Egypt.

“We were unable to reach an agreement. He ended up staying another season in Egypt, played at the level we had already seen, then moved to Switzerland [Basel] and then … that’s what we know,” he added.

Sporting Braga ended up signing another Egyptian in Ahmed Hassan Kouka, who joined the club in 2015 from Rio Ave, but is currently out on loan at Greek giants Olympiacos.

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