Chelsea have been quick to replace Mata with Mohamed Salah after reaching an agreement with Basel, while Michael Essien is very close to moving to AC Milan.
Jose Mourinho has hijacked Liverpool’s main transfer target Mohamed Salah (of FC Basel) and the deal is just about complete as the Egyptian’s club present club have accepted Chelsea’s bid for their main man. Mourinho said:
“It was a surprise for us that Juan was leaving. We were not prepared to make a bid or to try to bring a player to replace Juan in the squad so everything happened very, very fast.
“We decided to try to go for Salah. We started from zero; no contacts with the club, no contacts with the player. The first step was an agreement with the club. That situation is done, no more discussions, everything is signed and done subject to the medical, that we didn’t have yet and subject to the player’s desire to join us or not. Now we know he wants”
“We know that the player wants to come. He told me personally. Now it’s [personal] terms, the medical that he has to pass probably in Zurich or Lausanne and hopefully he comes. Probably the situation is still open and not closed.”
Reports suggesting Chelsea’s Michael Essien is on his way out have not been far fetched as AC Milan released a short statement on his arrival:
“Just turned 31 and with a CV including domestic and Champions League wins as well as victory with the Ghana national side. Michael Essien in expected in the city this evening”.
Meanwhile Mourinho said that he would be happy to keep the 31 year old with Chelsea and the decision to leave is completely up to the player:
“Michael Essien is in this moment in a position where he can go or he can stay. If he stays we are more than happy for him to stay, but he’s another player that gave everything to this club and if a great situation for him arrives for his future, we must show him respect. If he stays, he stays and if he stays he’s playing against Stoke.”
Reputed Italian Sports Journalist, Gianluca Di Marzio (reported for Sky Italia), also confirmed the move on his website.