Chelsea brings in Mo Salah from Basel (2014) | ESPN FC Archive
On January 23rd, 2014, Chelsea agreed to a deal with Basel to bring Mo Salah to Stamford Bridge while also finishing details on Juan Mata’s move to Manchester United. Mata completed his transfer on January 24th and Salah completed his on January 26th. Here is the ESPN FC show discussion from the day Mata’s move was complete as Craig Burley, Tommy Smyth and Raphael Honigstein analyze the signings. Smyth and Honigstein believe then Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wanted to hinder Arsenal and Man City by selling Mata to Man United while Burley feels Salah is part of Mourinho’s rebuilding effort. Mata would go on to be a regular in Man United’s midfield while Salah struggled to make an impact at Chelsea, spending two and a half seasons in Serie A before eventually making his jump to Liverpool and becoming one of the world’s top strikers.
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