Chelsea hijack Liverpool in race for £18m ‘Egyptian Messi’

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Chelsea have joined the race to sign highly-rated Liverpool target Mohamed Salah, according to reports.

Metro claims the Blues are looking to hijack the Reds in the transfer window, after it appeared the youngster was destined to move to Merseyside.

Various reports earlier today (Wednesday) claimed Brendan Rodgers was closing in on the 21-year-old, with The Daily Express citing reports in the player’s homeland that suggested Liverpool had agreed a fee for the player.

However, Chelsea have now moved in for a player who caused them serious problems in the Champions League, and are willing to pay as much as £18million to bring the player to Stamford Bridge.

The report goes on to claim that Jose Mourinho has lined-up the attacking midfield as a replacement for Juan Mata, who is tipped to leave the Blues this month.

Dubbed ‘the Egyptian Messi’, his arrival at Chelsea would be a major transfer coup, given that their Premier League rivals have been courting the player so strongly.

And, if Liverpool were to miss out, then Rodgers would be left with little time to turn his transfer sights elsewhere in the January window.

The Reds aren't flush with options behind the strikers this season, and with a gruelling title challenge still to come, some additional reinforcements would be welcome at Anfield.

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