Mohamed Salah's reputation in Europe is growing by the game, and his performances have caught the eye of two Premier League sides
Liverpool and Spurs have locked horns many times in the transfer market in recent times – Gylfi Sigurdsson, Clint Dempsey, Willian and Christian Eriksen have all seen the two clubs vie for their services, and it seems they are set to do battle again.
This time, their attentions are on FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah, who has caught the eye during the Swiss side's Europa League run last season and their displays in the Champions League so far this term.
The 21 year old Egyptian has a phenomenal scoring record for his country, with 17 goals in just 24 games, and his performances for Basel have resulted in a rumoured £15m asking price – and it's completely justified.
A player who can affect the game from the flanks or behind a striker, Salah has dazzled defences with his pace and dribbling ability, and with many years ahead of him, he has attracted the interest of a handful of teams across Europe.
Now heavily relied upon by Bob Bradley's Egypt side, Salah looks set to take the next step on his way to stardom with Brendan Rodgers and Andre Villas-Boas identifying the youngster as a player they would want to bring to England.
Liverpool are currently basking in the light of the partnership between Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, and despite signing Victor Moses in the summer, manager Rodgers is still looking to add a wide man, and has been linked with a plethora of names. Salah would offer something rarely seen in the Reds' midfield – a predominantly left footed threat. It may not sound like a big deal, but that balance can be a huge factor in the attack, and the ability to have players switching wings will offer variety in attack.
Meanwhile, Spurs signed Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen in the summer to boost their attacking prowess, whilst the emergence of Andros Townsend has been a welcome surprise for Villas-Boas. However, with a rumoured £40m transfer budget available in January, the former Chelsea manager is still looking to boost an attack that has yet to fire on all cylinders yet this season.
Whether either manager makes a concrete offer for Salah is yet to be seen, but he should certainly on their radars, as well as other Premier League sides. To impress at such a young age having acclimatised to European football so quickly is the mark of a talented player, and he will go from strength to strength over the next few years – and his next step may well be the Premier League.
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