Long-time Liverpool target Mohamed Salah looks set to swap FC Basel and the Swiss Super League for the Premier League, but his destination looks to be Stamford Bridge with Chelsea rather than at Anfield, as Jose Mourinho is on the cusp of landing the coveted Egyptian winger for an £11m fee.
'I'm not sure whether that deal is definitely done yet or not,' said Reds boss Brendan Rodgers to talkSPORT earlier today, Friday, after Chelsea confirmed on their official club website that they had an agreement in place with Basel and that the transfer could not be completed until the player underwent a medical examination.
Rodgers confirmed that Liverpool had been scouting the player, identifying his versatility in the forward line, together with his direct approach, penchant to dribble and confidence when it comes to take-ons as an asset in Premier League competition.
'The young guy is a good player,' he added. 'We have tracked him for a number of months, the club has been watching him and I have been to watch him. It is one where the agent of the player and the clubs were talking but if the deal can't be done, the deal can't be done.
'He's a boy that is a talent. He is 21 years of age and people saw his qualities in the games against Chelsea and Tottenham in Europe, but you need to have [alternative options on] that list because if it doesn't work out then you are hoping there are one or two others.'
For Rodgers, one alternative may be the next superstar of Ukrainian football, the successor to Andriy Shevchenko, but from a wide position - Andriy Yarmolenko, with both players profiled here with their statistics compared to Theo Walcott, Antonio Valencia and Andros Townsend.
Rodgers concluded by remarking that he is not under to pressure to buy as he has faith in the club's youth: 'I'd rather wait and look at our young players than bring in one or two squad players.'
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