Chelsea confirms they’ve agreed a deal with Swiss Super League side FC Basel for the services of Egyptian attacking midfielder Mohammed Salah.
The move, according to the third-placed Premier League club, is subject to the 21-year-old agreeing personal terms and completing a medical examination.
Reports suggests the fee agreed by Chelsea for the player is in the region of £11m.
Salah had been linked with a move to Liverpool. The Anfield club held talks with Basel but were never able to agree a fee for the player, who signed a four-year contract with Bebbi from Egyptian club El Mokawloon in 2012, with the clubs some way apart in their respective valuations of the player.
But once the proposed Juan Mata’s switch to Manchester United started seeing the light of the day, Chelsea plotted a transfer coup and are now hopeful of his penmanship.
Salah is a well-known figure at the Stamford Bridge club after equalising for the Swiss club in their 2-1 away win in the group stage of the Champions League on September 18, 2013. He followed that up with the match winner in the return-leg of the same fixture at St. Jakob-Park on 28 November.
May 2013, Salah also scored against the ‘Blues’ in the semi-finals of last season’s Europa Cup at Stamford Bridge, although they were beaten 2–5 on aggregate.
He has scored ten goals in 29 appearances for Murat Yakin’s team this season and has scored 17 times in 27 appearance for the Pharaohs of Egypt.