Chelsea Pip Liverpool to Salah Signature

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Looks like the race for the “Egyptian Messi” is over with Chelsea announcing this afternoon that they have agreed to a fee with S FC Basel for the signature of long-term Liverpool target Mohamed Salah.

The 21-year old, who appeared bound for Merseyside after a drawn out courting process saw the Reds in “advanced talks” with the Swiss side, is now destined for Stamford Bridge with only a routine medical and the players personal terms left to be finalized. Rumours were swirling that Blues manager Jose Mourinho would go in for the promising winger after agreeing to allow Juan Mata to join Manchester United yesterday, and a short statement from the London club confirmed the capture.

“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” rang out from the headlines as Liverpool missed out on a player that could have boosted their claim to a Champions League place going into the business end of the season. The Reds, who have been blighted by injuries, sit in fourth place going into Tuesday’s meeting with cross-town rivals Everton with a mere two points separating the sides.

Transfer business has been in short supply at Anfield this winter with Rodgers playing down moves for potential targets and telling the press that moves will only be made if the right targets are available. While that jives perfectly with Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group’s long-standing transfer policy, missing out on Salah will certainly be seen as a failure – even if he’s destined to sit on the bench in London for the remainder of the season before going out on loan.

Some players would rather get paid than get played…




22 thoughts on “Chelsea Pip Liverpool to Salah Signature

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:03 pm
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    Dont think he will be loaned out he can play down either wing look at his skill video on utube hes brilliant pace and skill will rip open the best defences in the world.

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:04 pm
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    Dodged a bullet there. Two good games against Chelsea don’t make him instant Premier quality…lots more prime fish out there

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:19 pm
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    And who in the Chelski team would he replace? Hazzard? Oscar? Willian? This lad may be many things, but good enough to displace the current 1st team members he is not. This was a move by Chelski to prevent a promising young player going to a competitor. He’ll hardly kick a ball for the rest of the season and then get loaned out next year….

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:21 pm
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    Chelsea get rid of their scouts and use Liverpool scouts for players again Chelsea are waiting for liverpool to be interested in another player before naming next signing,!!!

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:41 pm
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    I can’t believe we didn’t sign him for 11 million after all the speculation for the last 2 months they couldn’t pay 11 million?!

  • January 23, 2014 at 5:47 pm
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    I remember the same being said of Cahill Azpilicueta and Willian now all worth around 40 million each never mind you could always keep moses on loan for another season then we could sell him for a nice big profit.

  • January 23, 2014 at 6:04 pm
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    YouTube videos don’t mean squat. He’s still a raw talent; in my opinion, he’d slot right into the Liverpool first team, but I can’t see him replacing any of Chelsea’s big three. If Mata can’t get into the side, not sure how Salah will.

    We might see him making late cameo appearances or starting before/after big European games.

  • January 23, 2014 at 6:06 pm
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    Not all that surprised this didn’t go through to be honest — if there was such a disparity in price between the two teams, there must have been a reason for it. We’re not about to pay over the odds.

    With that being said, once Chelsea swooped in, he was always going to go there. It’s exactly the same situation as Willian and Tottenham in the summer. Grass is greener and all that…

  • January 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm
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    Lot’s of players out there, sure; but are we going to move for them? Getting a bit late in the day to make an honest charge at a quality signing without having the leg work already completed.

  • January 23, 2014 at 6:22 pm
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    agreed he will have to play very well to get in the team im sure stevey G did’nt get into the liverpool team stright away it takes time and games, I just think he will be a great prospect and another great player in chelseas squad.

  • January 23, 2014 at 6:37 pm
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    Bit different with Gerrard though — he was at Liverpool since he was a schoolboy.

  • January 23, 2014 at 6:42 pm
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    Deals like this should be sorted out before the window opens then they can move on the opening day, This is another example of Ayre fucking things up. We should have had this guy and M’Vila arrive on 1.1.2014 but no…

    What is BR supposed to do. This was his 5th choice for that position which was supposed to be filled in the Summer. Ayre better not fuck up the Romulo deal now…

    Also he was going to be on the bench at Liverpool… He would have been on rotation with Philly, Stirling, and (who ever is injured at the time) But yeah he still would have played more then if he was at the blues.

  • January 23, 2014 at 7:09 pm
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    He played will against spurs as well, made Bale look slow. But I did notice he does not play well week in week out his whoscored ratings are quite low.

  • January 23, 2014 at 11:03 pm
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    I noticed that and was kind of surprised by it to be honest. Haven’t watched him much apart from both legs against Chelsea, but he looked pretty decent there.

  • January 23, 2014 at 11:05 pm
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    Frustrating for sure, but not sure if it’s Ayre’s fault. He can only do so much with what’s available in the market and what the transfer committee gives him authority to do in respect to wages and available funds.

    We’ll see what happens; not much time left for action.

  • January 24, 2014 at 1:57 am
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    Good job, Chelsea & please continue…

  • January 24, 2014 at 2:02 am
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    calm down & is not Brandon fault, he is just a employee & no power to air anything. LFC will never get back to TOP 4 anymore, please wait for another 10 more years & when new middle east investor come in, new hope from here. otherwise, you will die with H.A,…

  • January 24, 2014 at 2:05 am
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    LFC has 2m & enough to buy div 2 player only

  • January 24, 2014 at 3:08 am
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    I don’t blame BR I blame Ayre I offer my sympathy to BR.

  • January 24, 2014 at 3:10 am
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    I am just saying that these things should be done as quickly and quietly as possible.

  • January 24, 2014 at 3:12 am
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    According to whoscored ratings he only plays well in the big games and not week in week out so we can only hope for the worst in this case.

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