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Blues secure Salah signing from Basle for £11m

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CHELSEA have completed the signing of Mohamed Salah from Basle.

The Blues announced on Thursday night the signing of the 21-year-old Egyptian winger, subject to the agreement of personal terms and the signing of a medical.

And, before yesterday's FA Cup fourth-round tie with Stoke, the club confirmed the deal had been concluded.

The deal is for a reported fee of £11million as Chelsea signed the forward, who was also being pursued by Liverpool.

Once it was clear Juan Mata was to join Manchester United, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho began looking for a replacement and Salah immediately came to mind.

Salah has played against Chelsea four times in the last 12 months, scoring three times, including in Basle's two Champions League Group E victories over Mourinho's men earlier this season.

Speaking on Friday, Mourinho spoke of his admiration for Salah, the potential of the player and said the Blues made their move quickly.

"I like the fact that he can play the same way our attacking players do, which is players with adaptability, to play right, left, or behind the striker," Mourinho said.

"He's young, he's fast, he's creative, he's enthusiastic. When we analysed him he looks the kind of humble personality on the pitch, ready to work for the team and to work and to adapt himself to a new life."

Salah has signed a five-and-a-half-year contract and will wear the number 15 shirt for Chelsea.


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