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Salah linked to Beşiktaş as chairman admits interest in ‘young Chelsea forward’
Speculation surrounding Mohamed Salah’s future with Chelsea continues as Beşiktaş chairman Fikret Orman admits to being in negotiations with Chelsea for a ‘young forward’ ahead of a possible January transfer.
Beşiktaş have been linked to a number of out-of-favour Chelsea players since the two clubs reached a partnership agreement, which was signed back in October.
The partnership involves close co-operation between the first teams and academies, training support, joint scouting projects and potential loan moves.
Backup goalkeeper Petr Cech and Egypt’s Mohamed Salah are two of the players who’ve been recently linked with the Turkish side, but club president Fikret Orman has denied interest in the former, while admitting they’re looking to sign a ‘young forward’ and are ‘working together’ with Chelsea.
The Turkish businessman Firkret was quoted saying: “We are going to make a few signings during the transfer window.”
“We will sign a right-back and a centre-back, both will be foreign and also we will invest in a young forward.
He then added: “We are not interested in Petr Cech but we are working together with Chelsea to sign a player.”
“We have not held talks yet however, Chelsea have recently made an agreement with Beşiktaş,” the club president concluded.
With the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and André Schürrle, Salah has struggled to break into the Chelsea team since joining from FC Basel last January for €13.2 million, which may see manager José Mourinho allow the Egyptian to leave on loan. However, Mourinho has repeatedly stressed that Salah is a signing for the future and that he does not want to let him go.
Former Egyptian national team coach Bob Bradley also revealed that he spoke with Mourinho, who wants Mohamed Salah to ‘be patient’.
On the other hand, the Portuguese coach expressed his disappointment with Salah’s performance in Chelsea’s narrow win against Shrewsbury.
Chelsea and Beşiktaş had previously cooperated in Demba Ba’s move to Turkey. A move that certainly proved pivotal to them as they now sit at the top of the league table ahead of rivals Galatasaray and Fenerbahçe.
Chelsea remain unbeaten in all competitions as they also stand top of their league and Champions league tables.