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.