It's common nowadays for players, especially those involved in big money transfers, to have a nickname which compares them with an utterly incomparable fellow professional.
In keeping with this footballing tradition, Mohammed Salah, the man Chelsea have just signed from under Liverpool's noses, is dubbed 'the Egyptian Messi'.
Brendan Rodgers has been a big fan of the 21-year-old's abilities for some time now and will have been forgiven for believing that his move to Anfield was somewhat of a foregone conclusion.
Jose Mourinho, however, is a man not to be underestimated in the transfer market - as shown by his previous record of out-manoeuvring former Tottenham manager Andre-Villas Boas into securing the £30m acquisition of Willian last summer.
Salah started his career with Egyptian side El Mokawloon in 2010, making forty-one appearances, and quickly established himself in the club's first team.
Scoring his first professional goal on Christmas Day of that year, during the 1-1 away draw with Al Ahly, he played every game for the 'Mountain Wolves' during the 2010/11 campaign.
Swiss Super League side FC Basel had been monitoring Salah during that most impressive of debut seasons and, after meeting club representatives after a fund-raising friendly in honour of the Port Said Stadium disaster, signed a contact just a month later.
Now a member of the Egypt under-23 side, with whom he scored four goals in eleven starts, he was then handed his debut in a Uefa Champions League preliminary round clash against Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's Molde.
Scoring his first goal for the club a fortnight later, it was his performances against Spurs in the Europa League which truly enabled him to make his mark on the continental scene.
In aiding Basel to victory over the Londoners, in penalties after the tie finished 4-4 on aggregate, Salah and Co. had reached the semi-finals of the tournament.
They met Chelsea who, under Rafa Benitez, eventually lifted the trophy but a fine strike from the Egyptian youngster gave them hope of an upset.
Despite disappointment in Europe, FCB romped to victory in the domestic league while reaching the final of the Swiss Cup.
2013 continued to be a milestone year for Salah, now a full international for the Pharaohs, as he converted his first Champions League strike against Macabi Tel Aviv in August.
Drawn in Chelsea's group, though, they faced a daunting away tie at Stamford Bridge in Jose Mourinho's first European game back in England.
Salah stole the limelight, however, after scoring the equaliser as the Swiss champions defeated the Blues 2-1 in one of the shocks of the season to date.
It alerted Liverpool to his qualities and Rodgers is believed to have sent scouts to monitor his situation throughout the season.
It is now clear that Mourinho had forged an interest of his own and, with Juan Mata set to join Premier League rivals Manchester United for £37m later this evening, appears to have finally got his man.
And Chelsea's other January targets...
Chelsea - January transfer targets
Chelsea - January transfer targets
1/18 Luke Shaw - Another potential long term successor to Ashley Cole, the Southampton youngster has impressed everyone and would surely command a fairly hefty fee given his side's recent success.
2/18 Sami Khedira - Currently out with a long term injury so a January signing looks unlikely but Jose Mourinho is said to be keen to link up with his former charge and the German is just the sort of player Chelsea need in midfield.
3/18 Fredy Guarin - At one point very close to signing with the club, the £15m Colombian, cooled for a while. However, with the move to Juventus, stalling - Chelsea may with the use the funds from Mata's transfer to Man Utd and make another bid.
4/18 Andrea Ranocchia - Chelsea are one of a few Premier League clubs chasing the Inter defender and you can see why, the tall centre-back is a handy player.
5/18 Claudio Marchisio - Juventus' early Champions League exit may leave them a little strapped for cash with Marchisio being mooted as a player to be sold in order to cover the shortfall. Chelsea would no doubt be interested in his midfield class should he become available.
6/18 Eliaquim Mangala - Another defender Mourinho is reportedly very keen on, the Porto centre-back would not come cheap although his club have admitted they would be willing to sell him for the right price. Manchester City have since shown an interest however.
7/18 Luis Suarez - Chelsea need a goal-scoring striker, so who better than the league's top scorer? A very unlikely move for a lot of obvious reasons.
8/18 Diego Costa - The Atletico Madrid man is another striker in red hot form and consequently he has attracted the attention of several Premier League clubs. Mourinho would no doubt enjoy swiping him from under Arsene Wenger's nose.
9/18 Xabi Alonso - Another of Mourinho's former players who would add experience and quality to Chelsea's midfield. Given his age shouldn't prove too expensive.
10/18 Radamel Falcao - Linked with Chelsea for some time, the free-scoring Colombian would cost a fortune to prize away from mega-wealthy Monaco, but the promise of Champions League football would surely be enticing.
11/18 Edinson Cavani - Another big name striker who would cost a lot to sign, this time from PSG, Cavani has again consistently been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
12/18 Hulk - Apparently fairly disenchanted at Zenit and another long time Chelsea target, nevertheless would seem an odd purchase given his usual berth is out wide - a position Chelsea have a ludicrous amount of depth in.
13/18 Jackson Martinez - Another Colombian reportedly on Chelsea's radar, the Porto forward has an excellent recent goal record but might represent more of a risk given he would still command a large transfer fee. With Juan Mata now in Chelsea's past, a new midfielder is needed.
14/18 Gonzalo Higuain - Seems unlikely given he only moved to Napoli in the summer, but Italian media are reporting that Chelsea are interested in the Argentine forward. Another of Mourinho's former men.
15/18 Wayne Rooney - Chelsea's main target over the summer and despite apparently being happier at Old Trafford has yet to sign a new contract. Failure to qualify for the Champions League would surely see Rooney depart. Will selling Mata to the champions make them loosen their tough stance on the England man?
16/18 Fabio Coentrao - With questions over Ashley Cole's place in the side, Chelsea are reportedly having a look at another Mourinho old boy, Real Madrid's Coentrao.
17/18 Mario Balotelli - Is a Premier League reunion with Super Mario back on the cards? That's what sections of the Italian press think. It seems unlikely given his previously very poor working relationship with Mourinho but you just never know.
18/18 Alberto Moreno - The young left back is another being touted as Ashley Cole's successor - with a buy out clause of £25m he wouldn't be cheap but then aged 21 he has a long future ahead of him.
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