Mourinho confident on deal to sign Egypt’s ‘Lionel Messi’ Mohammad Salah
Salah was signed for an estimated $26 million
Jose Mourinho said on Friday he was confident the deal to sign Basel’s Egyptian playmaker Mohammad Salah would be finalized but said the club would not be buying another striker in the transfer window despite Fernando Torres being injured.
Chelsea signed winger Salah from Swiss team Basel in a big-money deal.
“The move is subject to the Egyptian international agreeing personal terms and completing a medical,” the London club said on their website (www.chelseafc.com) on Thursday.
“The winger scored against us twice in the Champions League earlier this season and impressed against the Blues in last season’s Europa League semi-final.”
Chelsea beat Basel over two legs in the Europa League before going on to defeat Benfica 2-1 in the final in Amsterdam in May.
The transfer fee for Salah was undisclosed but media reports speculated that he could cost up to 16 million pounds ($26.61 million).
The 21-year-old will occupy one of the three attacking midfield positions behind the sole striker in manager Jose Mourinho’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.
Salah faces a tough test dislodging Mourinho’s first-choice trio Eden Hazard, Willian and Oscar who have featured in Chelsea’s sparkling run of six successive victories in all competitions.