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Chelsea confirms Salah signing

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the Blues are to sign Mohamed Salah from Basel.

The Stamford Bridge club looked to reinforce its attacking options after it became clear Juan Mata was set on a move to Manchester United and has moved for the Egypt international after his impressive performances for the Swiss outfit.

The 21-year-old was the subject of heavy interest from Liverpool with Brendan Rodgers also hoping on bringing Salah to the Premier League this month, but Blues boss Mourinho confirmed to ITV before his side's FA Cup clash with Stoke on Sunday afternoon that the winger has opted to join the west London side.

Salah has shone for Basel in the Champions League this season and scored a late chipped winner against the Blues in November to hand his side a 1-0 victory over Mourinho's men.

With Mata completing his 37.1-million-pound move to Old Trafford on Saturday evening after failing to fit into Mourinho's first-team plans this season, replacement Salah will offer the Portuguese coach width and penetration from the flanks.

Liverpool boss Rodgers bemoaned losing out to Chelsea for the winger's signature, telling talkSPORT: "It is one where the agent of the player and the clubs were talking, but if the deal can't be done, the deal can't be done."

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