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Where does Mohamed Salah rank among the most expensive Arab signings?

Mohamed Salah - Most expensive Arab signing?

has become the most expensive Egyptian player in history following his move to , but where does he rank among the top Arab signings?

Following his move from Basel to Chelsea worth a reported £11.6 million (with add-ons and bonuses potentially increasing the fee to £16 million), Mohamed Salah became the most expensive Egyptian player in history.

The Egyptian moved to Basel from Egyptian club Arab Contractors in 2012 and spent a successful year and a half there, including scoring 3 goals against Chelsea in European competitions.

His move surpasses Mido’s £7.7 million move from Tottenham Hotspur to Middlesbrough in 2007, as well as the same player’s transfer for £6 million from Roma to Tottenham the previous year.

In addition, Salah is third on the list of most expensive Arab players (who represent Arab national teams), behind Moroccan Mbark Boussoufa’s £13.2 million pound move from Anzhi Makhachkala to Lokomotiv Moscow in August 2013 and countryman Mehdi Benatia’s £11.9 million transfer from Udinese to Roma in July of the same year.

The top 5 Arab transfers of all time:

1) Mbarak Boussoufa, Anzhi Machachkala -> Lokomotiv Moscow, £13.2 million (Moroccan)

2) Mehdi Benatia, Udinese -> Roma, £11.9 million (Moroccan)

3) Mohamed Salah, Basel -> Chelsea, £11.6 million (Egyptian)

4) Younès Belhanda, Montpellier -> Dynamo Kiev, £9.7 million (Moroccan)

5) Abdelaziz Barrada, Getafe -> Al Jazira, £8.8 million (Moroccan)


Habib El Magrissy is an Egyptian sports fan who splits his time between Boston and Cairo. A Tottenham Hotspur and Al Ahly supporter, he closely follows European football and the Egyptian national team. He is also a licensed youth soccer coach in the state of Massachusetts. His other interests include basketball, tennis, and volleyball.



  1. Moustafa Ali Moussa

    January 28, 2014 at 2:31 PM

    well done to morocco. if it wasn’t for salah, then they would have monopolised the list!

  2. Josef

    January 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Funny how Moroccans are such good footballers but can’t make the world cup either. Well done to Salah as well, good player. Only should improve his decision making, passing and finishing/shooting. Rest is fine I guess.

    • Mad Dogg

      April 26, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Hahaha.. What have you left there?! These are the entire aspects of any players game and for Salah you just ripped it apart which is nonsense ofcourse!! If it was the case believe he won’t be playing for Chelsea for sure! The only thing I may agree on is the finishing and even that had improved drastically in his days with Basel FC

      • Josef

        April 26, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Well if his passing, decision making and shooting were good, he’d obviously have more assists and goals. Don’t you think? There’s ALWAYS room for improvement. His pace and positioning are what make him so dangerous. Also everyone has his own view and opinion and I’m just stating mine 🙂

        • Mad Dogg

          April 26, 2014 at 3:36 PM

          Every player in the world including Messi has room for improvement that’s beside the point but if you were making the same comment on Messi for example you won’t be saying he need to improve his heading and speed aspects you will be more inclined to evaluate what he already has.. Salah is a natural born killer and a young master at his own rights that’s what made Hereisthecity website which is very close to Chelsea and it’s news describe Salah potential in the most unusual ways through the headline “Forget Hazard! Mohamed Salah’s 9 dribbles against Swansea show he is stepping up” and for them to say that about their star man and idol it talks volumes of how they see Salah from the short time has played

  3. salh1

    January 29, 2014 at 3:39 AM

    Don’t forget that most of moroccans players have all double citizenship. Most of them are born in france ( belhanda, benatia )or belguim (boussoufa) and get their formation in france. So they are only morrocans by their backgrounds but not at all by their formations or born location. So for me the real most expensive arab is salad because he is born in egypt and get train in egypt. I think this is why Salah need more congratulations because he did all what he did in a difficult environnement like bad condition of training in egypt etc when all of those morrocans where comfortably trained in excellent conditions with good field.

    Salah you are the best.

  4. Josef

    January 29, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    @Salh1 It doesn’t matter. There are plenty of Egyptians here in Europe who never made it. And most are just simply ignored. Also Salah has to work hard to play to get regular playing time in Chelsea. Anyway face it, Moroccans are the most expensive Arabs. Doesn’t matter where they train.

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