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Fiorentina boss Montella: Salah is a very interesting player
Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella praised Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah when asked if he would be interested in his services in a recent interview, with Cuadrado reportedly close to heading in the opposite direction.
Having been linked with two other Italian clubs this winter, 22-year-old forward Salah is now rumoured to be heading to Fiorentina to replace a likely departing Cuadrado.
According to Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio, Chelsea will be activating Colombia international Juan Cuadrado’s €35m buy-out clause as the winter transfer window draws to a close.
The Viola will then look to quickly reinvest the sum from the sale into their squad, and are reportedly targeting Atalanta midfielder Daniele Baselli as well as Egyptian international Mohamed Salah, on loan.
“I have heard all the top teams in England are looking at him [Cuadrado] and so they should be,” Fiorentina manager Vincenzo Montella told Sky Sports when asked about Cuadrado.
“I have been training with him every day and he’s got everything; technique, speed, power, pace. All his attributes would be suited to the Premier League, so I can see exactly why he is being linked with a move there.
“He’s loved here at Fiorentina and if he was to leave the fans would be gutted but I suppose as a player he’s got to decide what’s best for him.
“He’s been here for five or six years so if he feels like he needs to make that step then I would be happy to give him advice.”
However, Montella, still believes Cuadrado will remain in Italy: “In his contract there is an escape clause and if another team pays this amount he can leave Fiorentina – and if he agrees [to leave]. But I think he will stay at Fiorentina.”
The Italian coach was then asked whether Chelsea offered Salah in exchange for Cuadrado or not, but again emphasised that the Colombian would leave only if his clause is activated.
The Fiorentina manger was then asked if he would be interested in adding Salah to his star-studded squad, which he replied: “He is a good player, he is a very very interesting player. He is a strong winger, good player.”
Another Sky Sport Italia reporter, Guglielmo Cannavale, when asked about any updates regarding the Salah story, tweeted back saying ‘he could go on loan to Fiorentina’.
@ayushmanbasu07 he could go on loan to Fiorentina
— Guglielmo Cannavale (@GugliCannavale) January 28, 2015
It must be noted that Chelsea and Roma previously reached a ‘verbal agreement’ over Mohamed Salah’s loan, however, the capital club are now said to be primarily targeting Brazilian Luiz Adriano or Ivorian Seydou Doumbia for their final non-EU player spot.
It is worth mentioning that earlier this month, Chelsea manager José Mourinho said that Mohamed Salah ‘can’t leave‘ Stamford Bridge if he is not replaced.
Over the weekend, Salah made his fourth start of the season and assisted Chelsea’s second goal before being replaced after 72 minutes in Bradford City’s historic 4-2 FA Cup win.