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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Mohamed Salah: Chelsea sign Basel midfielder for £11m


Adapted from BBC
Chelsea have signed Egypt midfielder Mohamed Salah from Swiss champions Basel for a fee in the region of £11m. The Blues confirmed the deal for the 21-year-old prior to the FA Cup game against Stoke on Sunday. Salah made 47 appearances for Basle, who he joined in June 2012, scoring nine goals. He becomes Jose Mourinho's third signing of the January transfer window after the arrivals of Nemanja Matic and Bertrand Traore.
Chelsea's Premier League rivals Liverpool were also interested in signing Salah and had held talks with Basel. Salah's arrival comes after Chelsea sold midfielder Juan Mata to Manchester United for £37.1m on Saturday. His capture will also offer Mourinho a further attacking option, following Kevin De Bruyne's move to Wolfsburg. Salah, who can operate in a variety of attacking roles, has been tracked by a number of clubs after impressive displays in the Europa League last term and in this season's Champions League. The Egypt international scored against Chelsea in the semi-finals of the Europa League in 2013, before getting goals in both Champions League matches against Jose Mourinho's side this season.
After starting his career at Egyptian side El Mokawloon, Salah moved to Basel in 2012 and scored five league goals in 29 appearances as they secured a fourth league title in as many seasons. His form this season has helped Basel to top spot in their domestic league ahead of its resumption after a winter-break. Salah, who made his Egypt debut in 2011, finished as joint-top goalscorer in Africa's World Cup qualifying groups with six goals.
He was, however, unable to help his country to Brazil 2014 as they were beaten over two legs by Ghana in a play-off.


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