FC Basel attacker Mohamed Salah looks set to sign for Chelsea before the end of the transfer window – after long negotiations with Liverpool.
The Egyptian international has been the subject of interest from Brendan Rodgers for some time now and a deal appeared to be getting closer this week with reports claiming that the club had agreed a fee with the Swiss side and some even claiming he had rented an apartment on Merseyside.
But it now seems that Jose Mourinho has stepped in to swipe the winger from under the noses of his rivals after agreeing to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United in the last 24 hours. And it seems that the 21 year old has had his head turned by the Portuguese and the lure of a title race coming to the boil.
Salah is believed to have made it clear that his preference was to sign for Liverpool as he believed he would be given considerably more playing time and opportunities by Rodgers, but it has been reported that Mourinho has managed to persuade him that he will get a chance at Stamford Bridge despite strong competition for places between Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian, and Andre Schurrle – with Christian Atsu and Victor Moses both set to return to London this Summer too.
The news will come as a huge disappointment to Rodgers as he had put Salah to the top of his wanted list in this month’s transfer window and a deal appeared to be on the cards until the last minute interest from Chelsea.