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Basel begin search for Chelsea-bound Salah replacement within Arab Contractors
With the Egyptian star departing to Chelsea, Swiss champions FC Basel begin searching for a Mohamed Salah replacement – starting at the club they signed him from, Arab Contractors, according to the club’s president.
Mohamed Salah is officially set to join English Premier League giants Chelsea FC, and Basel have began their search for a replacement by contacting Salah’s former team Arab Contractors SC, according to FilGoal.
FC Basel personally asked the board of Arab Contractors to give them recommendations for Salah’s replacement – prior to them agreeing on a transfer fee with Chelsea – the club’s president Sherif Habib revealed.
21-year-old Salah joined FC Basel from the Mountain Wolves during the summer of 2012 for €2.5 million, but the Egyptian Premier League club will receive even more than that sum as there was a 25% sell-on clause included in the Egyptian’s contract.
According to various English reports, Chelsea paid a £12 million transfer fee for Salah – which could rise up to £16 million with bonuses – which means Arab Contractors are set to receive approximately 34.7 million EGP (€3.4 million).
Salah’s Egypt and former FC Basel team-mate Mohamed El-Nenny also joined the Swiss champions from Arab Contractors, signing a four-year contract last May after spending six months on loan.
The Cairo-based club currently have a great group of young attacking players at their disposal who have been in impressive form during the opening weeks of the 2013/2014 Egyptian Premier League season, such as Mohamed Salem, Mohamed Farouk, Mohamed Rizk and Bassem Ali – who has previously been linked with Basel.
Whichever player is selected as Salah’s replacement, whether it be an Egyptian or from elsewhere, will have a massive hole to fill. Salah lit up the Swiss Super League during his season-and-a-half stay, helping FC Basel win the league title while being named the Swiss Player of the Year in 2013.