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Is Basel's 'Egyptian Messi' Salah set for a move to Anfield?

Mohamed Salah is a name which Chelsea fans would have hoped they had seen the back of, and one Liverpool supporters may soon be welcoming with open arms.

According to reports over the weekend, Reds manager Brendan Rodgers has been given permission to make a formal £8 million bid for the promising 21-year-old Basel winger.

The Egypt international is capable of playing in a variety of positions across the front line, but most dangerous from wide positions. He scored home and away against Chelsea in this season’s Champions League – if nothing else, that will endear him to Liverpool fans.

After beginning his career at El-Mokawloon, where he made his first-team debut aged just 16, Salah was picked up by Basel. He quickly helped his new side win the Swiss league title, and in 2012 was named as Africa’s most promising talent of the year.

It is now being widely reported that Salah wants to try his hand at the Premier League, and with Rodgers eager to add to Liverpool’s attacking options in a bid to boost their title and Champions League ambitions, a move to Anfield may well be on the cards.

It's reported that Rodgers has been told by the Liverpool board that he can strengthen his side this month, and it is the wide areas in particular he wants to focus on.

Liverpool lack potency from the wings, with only Raheem Sterling a regular goal-scoring threat. Salah is a player who loves to run at his full-back, and would provide a valuable injection of pace and poise.

The only problem with the move, according to reports, is the fee, with Liverpool’s potential offer of £8m almost half of Basel's valuation of the player.

They are now set to test Basel’s resolve – though a player whose talents have seen him dubbed the ‘Egyptian Messi’ may well prove hard to secure.

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