Football: Chelsea set to cash in as Liverpool close in on Mohamed Salah

Roma's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah during the Italian Serie A match against Atalanta on April 15, 2017. Liverpool are set to pay a club record fee for the 25-year-old, who is due to arrive in Merseyside to undergo a medical this week.
Roma's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Salah during the Italian Serie A match against Atalanta on April 15, 2017. Liverpool are set to pay a club record fee for the 25-year-old, who is due to arrive in Merseyside to undergo a medical this week.PHOTO: AFP

ENGLAND (REUTERS) - Chelsea can expect to profit from a sell-on clause should Liverpool seal an anticipated deal to sign Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah from Italian Serie A side Roma, The Times has reported.

Liverpool are set to pay a club record fee for the 25-year-old, who is due to arrive in Merseyside to undergo a medical this week, according to multiple media reports in Britain and Italy.

Salah joined Roma from Chelsea for £12 million (S$21 million) in 2016 after a successful loan spell in Italy with both Roma and Fiorentina, and the London club negotiated a sell-on clause in his contract worth 10 per cent of the profit on any future sale, the newspaper said.

With Liverpool looking increasingly likely to break their transfer record of £35 million that they paid to lure striker Andy Carroll from Newcastle in 2011, Chelsea will make a healthy profit.

Salah scored 15 league goals for Roma last season as they finished second in Serie A behind Juventus and has been identified as a key signing by Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose only other established wide player is Senegal international Sadio Mane.