Manchester United and Liverpool appear to have suffered a blow in their pursuit of Mohamed Salah, with reports suggesting that two more of Europe's biggest clubs have joined the race for his signature.
According to talkSPORT, Spanish title hopefuls Atletico Madrid and Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund are preparing to do battle to land the highly-rated FC Basel winger.
21-year-old Salah, who joined the Swiss champions back in June 2012, has made quite a name for himself during his subsequent spell at St. Jakob-Park.
With lightning pace, admirable composure and a strong technique in possession, the Egyptian international has played a starring role for Murat Yakin's side in recent times and even proved himself on the European stage with a number of impressive performances for Basel in the Champions League.
Such devastating form has led to a whole host of transfer rumours surrounding Salah, with reports initially suggesting that Manchester United were targeting an ambitious double swoop for Salah and teammate Fabian Schar.
Manchester United, who suffered yet another defeat under David Moyes with a narrow 2-1 loss to Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night, are evidently in need of immediate reinforcements this month following such an unacceptable and putrid 2013/14 campaign to date.
An upgrade in the wide areas would presumably be most welcome at Old Trafford, with the likes of Nani and Antonio Valencia flattering to deceive.
Liverpool have been persistently linked with a move of their own for a player believed to be rated at around the £20 million mark.
With the likes of Zenit St. Petersburg, Galatasaray and Bayer Leverkusen having also been credited with an interest in Salah, it will be interesting to see if the rumoured interest from Atletico - who are currently level on points with Gerard Martino's Barcelona at the summit of La Liga - and Dortmund radically alters the heated race for his signature.