Chelsea have reached an agreement with FC Basel to sign 21-year-old winger Mohamed Salah.
Personal terms have still to be finalized with Salah, and the player needs to pass a medical before he can officially become a Chelsea footballer in a transfer that has been reported as £11million. Chelsea reportedly wanted to announce the Salah news before officially announcing the Mata transfer.
Liverpool were close to signing the player in December. Salah, a 21-year-old winger with 27 caps for Egypt and who is valued at 12million Euros, was named CAF Most Promising African Talent of the Year in 2012.
This is the second time this season where Chelsea have come in with bigger offers to “steal” players away from other clubs. Willian had agreed to join Tottenham Hotspur last summer, but Chelsea convinced the player to join the Blues instead. And now Liverpool is set to lose out on highly-rated attacking midfielder.
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