Chelsea Transfer News: Mohamed Salah Completes Move, Gives Reaction to Big Deal

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02:  Mohamed Salah of Basel holds off Frank Lampard of Chelsea during UEFA Europa League semi final second leg match between Chelsea and FC Basel 1893 at Stamford Bridge on May 2, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Mohamed Salah has spoken for the first time since becoming a Chelsea player, breaking the ice after signing a five-and-a-half-year deal from Basel.

As reported by the Blues' official website, Salah is extremely pleased to be at Stamford Bridge:

"I'm very happy to sign for Chelsea, such a big club in the world. I hope I can make the Chelsea supporters happy and have a good career at the club for many years to come," said the player.

Signed for an initial £11 million, per The Guardian, Salah is an exciting prospect whose arrival softens the blow of losing Juan Mata to Manchester United.

Although Joe Bernstein of The Daily Mail believes the deal could eventually rise to £20 million, that could turn out to be a bargain price for a player who has displayed his talents at all levels of the game already.

At just 21, Salah's creativity and confidence will slot straight into Jose Mourinho's setup. He is a naturally inventive player, someone whose blistering pace and ability to play anywhere across the attacking midfield line makes him a valuable squad member at this stage.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 26:  A Chelsea fan holds up a 'thank you' sign for recently departed Juan Mata during the FA Cup Fourth Round between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on January 26, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty I
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Salah has made a career of impressing those he has played against. He signed for Basel after scoring twice against the Swiss side during a friendly with Egypt's Under-23 team, while his trio of displays versus Chelsea also contributed to his arrival in West London.

The youngster scored in all three matches against the Blues across Europa League and Champions League clashes of the last year, while he also netted against Tottenham Hotspur in the former competition.

This season, Salah has scored six goals in 24 appearances throughout the Swiss Super League and Champions League, per WhoScored.com.

Although Liverpool were thought to be in pole position for Salah's signature and hadn't given up hope when a fee was agreed with Chelsea—reported by Nabil Hassan of BBC Sport—the player confirmed his allegiance and No.15 shirt with a simple tweet:

It is unlikely Salah will be able to push Oscar, Eden Hazard or Willian out of the Chelsea starting ranks this season, but his acquisition should have fans excited. Mourinho has acted quickly to snap up an imaginative, naturally gifted attacking midfielder who is more than capable of contributing to this season's outcome.

The manager will also hope he can drill a sense of defensive responsibility into Salah, something he perhaps couldn't manage with Mata.

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Salah could be in line to make his Chelsea debut against West Ham on Jan. 29. He will not be able to play in this season's Champions League after previously representing Basel, but this could take the pressure off him and provide the individual with time to settle in.

With Chelsea's supply of exciting attacking talent continuing to swell, there's no doubting the Europa League champions should be in the running for both domestic and European success this season.


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