Chelsea have agreed an £11m deal with Basel for Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah.

The 21-year-old hasn’t agreed to personal terms or taken his medical, but is expected to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues agreed to sell Juan Mata for a £37m on Wednesday, thus prompting the London side to move swiftly for Salah in the expense of Liverpool, who were expected to make him their first signing of the transfer window.

Salah will be offering Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho another attacking option after letting Kevin De Bruyne go on loan to Wolfsburg.

“Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with FC Basel for the transfer of their 21-year-old attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah,” read a statement on the club’s website.

The Egyptian has the ability to take on various attacking roles and his performances in the Europa League last year and Champions League this season have put Europe’s top clubs on notice.

Salah has scored three goals in his last three appearances with Chelsea, and will be expected to sign a contract that will last till 2019.

The winger joined Basel from the Egyptian side Al Mokawloon in the summer of 2012, then went to score five goals in 29 appearances helping the Swiss side to their fourth straight league title.

Now with the three signings of Salah, Namanja Matic, and Bertrand Traore’, experienced midfielder Michael Essien is expected to leave before the close of the transfer window.


  • igorsuncledave
    2 years ago

    It is extremely arrogant here of Chelsea FC announcing a deal before the player has agreed personal terms.

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    Peter Mills
    2 years ago

    Liverpool fans would like to thank Chelsea football club for allowing our scouting and negotiations team the time to conclude our business with Tottenham Hotspur. We thank you for your patience and understanding in this regard. Placing that many players at Spurs required enormous effort on LFC’s part but we feel it was a job well done in the end. We are pleased to announce the resumption of our scouting duties with Chelsea football club in the form of your latest signing Mohamed Salah. Once we had concluded the deal for Willian it was imperative that we at LFC continued what has already been an exhaustive search for your next star. Our strategy of offering no more than £8M pounds for any player is definitely assisting in getting Chelsea FC a far better price on players. Our managing director has spoken at length about Liverpool Football Club generating additional revenue through alternative means and I believe that the LFC partnership with CFC is one that will continue long into the future and assist us (LFC) in competing commercially with the likes of Crystal Palace, and take our club to the dizzy heights of “close to fourth.” We can only but ask forgiveness for the whole Torres issue, but we trust that now he has scored more than 3 goals this season, that all is forgiven.

    P.S. Work on your next signing has already begun. With your permission, we would to make the initial LFC offer £6M. We believe that we can save you even more this way.

    Signed – a Liverpool Fan