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AS Roma’s third party representatives are looking to meet with Chelsea and Salah’s representatives on Thursday in order to finalize a deal over the loan of 22-year-old Egyptian winger, according to Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio.
The discussions that are being held will be mainly over the loan fee that Chelsea are demanding for Mohamed Salah’s services. It is reported that Roma are offering €500,000 as opposed to Chelsea’s valuation of €1.5 million for the 18-month loan. Roma’s proposed deal includes a €14 million fee in the summer in order to permanently buy Salah.
Di Marzio has also stated that Real Sociedad’s president met with Chelsea’s sporting director on Wednesday, while Atlético Madrid and Monaco have all shown interest in signing the Egyptian, who has 21 goals in 36 international appearances.
However, Roma remain in the driving seat to sign Salah after agreeing personal terms that will see the former Arab Contractors forward bag €2.5 million a year plus bonuses, according to Rome-based newspaper Corriere dello Sport, with the contract running till 2019.
Chelsea are also looking to use Mohamed Salah as a part of the deal in their attempts to sign Fiorentina’s Colombia international Juan Cuadrado, but it is believed that Salah only has his sights on Rome.
Jose Mourinho previously played down talks about a potential Salah exit in January, and insisted that he would be happy for his squad to remain the same until the end of the season. The Blues’ manager did however hint that he could possibly let him go if a ‘£50 million player’ was purchased as a replacement. “I have a very short squad, I need everybody. For Salah to leave someone has to come, and I don’t think we are going to let Salah go on loan and then spend some money to bring somebody else in. So I don’t think so, unless my club comes to me and says Salah goes on loan and we are going to buy a £50 million player,” said Mourinho.