CHELSEA MADE THREE BIDS IN 24 HOURS TO CLINCH SALAH DEAL
Chelsea made three bids for Mohamed Salah in 24 hours to force through the Egyptian's signing in midweek.
The Londoners announced on Thursday they had agreed a deal with Swiss club Basel to capture Salah.
Sportmasta understands that an agreement was reached following a sustained period
of bidding from Chelsea on Wednesday, with the Premier League club
believed to have twice upped their offer before settling on a fee of
£12.5 million plus £2m in add-ons.
Salah had also been the
subject of an offer from Liverpool, but the Blues swiftly made their
move after agreeing to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United on Wednesday
Chelsea were keen to keep competition for places
intense in the attacking midfield positions following the earlier sale
of Kevin De Bruyne in the January window.
Salah will vie with Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle for a starting place at Stamford Bridge.
DAVID MOYES GIVEN BOOST OVER CROCKED FOURSOME
Manchester City's hopes for a four-trophy haul are still alive, but rivals United are on course for a quadruple of their own.
David Moyes could receive a major injury booster ahead of the Red
Devils' Premier League game against Cardiff City on Tuesday.
Ferdinand, Marouane Fellaini, Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney all
resumed training with the first team during the last week and will be
put through their paces on Monday morning.
Van Persie hinted to
fans on Saturday that he would feature against Cardiff, tweeting "See
you all on Tuesday" alongside a picture of Juan Mata, who had just
touched down in his helicopter.
MAN CITY'S GLOBAL EXPANSION CONTINUES
City plan to step up their search for partner clubs in other
territories, with China and the Americas next on their hit list.
Blues paid £11m earlier this week to buy an 80 per cent stake in
Melbourne Heart, with the Australian side set to be renamed Melbourne
City paid £80m last summer to start up New York City FC and Sportmasta understands they are still on the lookout to expand the 'City Football Club' stable even wider.
Beijing and clubs in Mexico have also come under consideration.
owner Sheikh Mansour and the club's power brokers believe the moves are
positioning the Manchester club to be one of the biggest in the world.
have already overtaken the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal in the recent
Deloitte rich list, despite the figures revealing the two London clubs
charge much higher ticket prices.