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Mourinho: I see Salah’s future elsewhere
After days of anticipation as to where Mohamed Salah’s next destination will be, the future becomes a bit more clear as Jose Mourinho confirmed that the Egyptian has been given the green light to leave Chelsea.
Following a successful loan spell with Fiorentina, Mohamed Salah has been linked with numerous clubs including Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Wolfsburg, AS Roma, and the most recent being Liverpool. However, as per recent reports in Italy, the Egyptian star appears closest to Rome.
According to Gazetta Dello Sport, Roma representatives were in London on Friday to meet with Chelsea representatives and Salah himself in order to finalize a deal for the Egyptian.
Fiorentina, who initially threatened to take legal action against Salah for refusing to extend his loan after the club had taken up the option in his contract, will reportedly receive compensation from Roma in the form of Mattia Destro on loan.
Salah was not included in the Chelsea squad that travelled to Montreal for pre-season training last week, and was believed to be training with the U-21 team at Cobham training ground. The 23-year-old’s future at Chelsea seems to now have certainly come to an end, after Jose Mourinho confirmed he’s no longer apart of his plans, as he told Chelsea TV: “I see his future elsewhere.”
Jose Mourinho went on to say: ”Either as a loan or an offer that we are happy to accept. At the moment with [Eden] Hazard and Willian, [Bertrand] Traore, [Victor] Moses and [Juan] Cuadrado, we have five players for these positions.”
”It’s better not to have so many,” the Portuguese manager concluded.
Salah will therefore be free to join any club he desires, with Roma leading the chase. However, if they are to make a permanent offer for his services, the Giallorossi may need to cough up more than Chelsea spent as the Egyptian’s price tag has reportedly jumped to an astonishing €25 million.