Chelsea have confirmed that a deal has been agreed for Basel winger Mohamed Salah, bringing an end to Liverpool's pursuit of the winger.
Salah has been in advanced talks for days over a move to Merseyside but as Jose Mourinho looks for a replacement for Juan Mata, set for a move to Manchester United in the coming days, the Blues now look to have stolen the march on Liverpool.
Metro claimed today that the Reds had bid £12m with a further £2m in add-ons and were waiting on Basel to tell them if they've missed the boat on the Egyptian, and it would now appear that they have with both clubs confirming he will move to Stamford Bridge.
Salah made the move from local side El Mokawloon to Basel in 2012 and the 21-year-old has been on fire both in the Premier League and the Champions League.
A statement on Chelsea's website read: "Chelsea Football Club can confirm an agreement has been reached with FC Basel for the transfer of their 21-year-old attacking midfielder Mohamed Salah.
"The move is subject to the Egyptian international agreeing personal terms and completing a medical examination."
Some have gone so far as to call Salah the Egyptian Messi for his skills on the pitch and although Rodgers has insisted he doesn't need to sign any players this month he had hoped to bring in the player as a long-term prospect.
Salah would likely prefer to join a side who can offer regular Champions League football, making Chelsea the favourites for his services, and the Blues have seemingly been able to convince him that this was a better option than heading to Liverpool who are hoping to enter the tournament at the end of the season.