Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has insisted that an £11m deal which will see Mohamed Salah swap Stamford Bridge was not influenced by Liverpool's pursuit of the winger, telling the Evening Standard that he has no idea why the Reds failed to land a long-term transfer target.
Mourinho is close to completing his second addition of a busy transfer window in West London, after Swiss side Basel accepted an offer from Chelsea for the Egyptian international yesterday afternoon.
Salah's switch to the Premier League is still subject to a medical and personal terms but it looks like Liverpool have come up short in their bid to attract one of European football's most exciting young talents, with Mourinho lauding the proposed deal and declaring that any interest from Anfield in the player is none of his business.
Mourinho claimed in his pre-match press conference for this weekend's FA Cup clash fourth round clash against Stoke City: "We are confident (he will come), but it only goes forward with agreement with the player. He told me personally that he wants to come, but now it's personal terms, the medical he has to pass probably in Zurich or Lausanne, and hopefully he comes. Probably the situation is still open, or not closed.
“Maybe he (Rodgers) is right. I don't know what Liverpool did before us. The only thing we know is that we contacted Basle before we contacted the player. We went direct to Basle and asked them if the player was available for negotiations. They said yes. We reached an agreement with Basle.
“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 in the model we have w
The 21-year-old's move to Chelsea should just about conclude a hectic transfer window for Mourinho, who decided to offload Kevin de Bruyne to make room for the return of Nemanja Matic last week.
Fan favourite Juan Mata is also set to complete a £37m move to defending Premier League champions Manchester United in the next 24 hours, as Mourinho sets about reshaping his squad before the business end of the campaign.