FC Basel winger Mohamed Salah first caught the attention of Premier League managers with his impressive performances against Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League - and the man dubbed the ‘Egyptian Messi’ has gained plenty of suitors in that time.
But Andre Villas-Boas was a big fan - and was expected to move for him once again - a scenario that was pulled cleanly from underneath him.
The other big players in Salah’s pursuit, at least from a Premier League perspective have been Liverpool - with Brendan Rodgers also keen on the forward.
Three days ago it was reported the two clubs had agreed a £7 million fee (which would prove to be a snip)but that is now not believed to be true - as Basel want more.
And according to one apparently in the know source Liverpool have stumped up the cash.
Former Tottenham Hotspur, Middlesbrough and West Ham striker Mido - himself an Egyptian footballing legend- now works as a TV pundit for Al Jazeera.
And he has claimed a deal is now done - with completion and finalisation set for next week, which will see Raheem Sterling join Swansea City on loan for the remainder of 2013-14.
Now Mido was never the most reliable person on the pitch - so who knows if he is off of it.
But he did go on to gush over Salah - suggesting Liverpool were perfect for him and that his countryman is 'much better' than Sterling or Victor Moses.
#Salah is the perfect player for Liverpool as his pace and runs behind defenders will create space for Suarez and will give him time on ball— Mido (@midoahm) January 3, 2014
Time will tell if his prophecies are correct - on all counts.
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