Reports emerging from Italian outlet TuttoMercatoWeb at the moment will feel like a rude awakening for 23-year-old Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah. The publication has claimed that Chelsea are willing to accept offers for the exciting player after having decided that he won’t feature prominently in manager Jose Mourinho’s plans for next season.
Salah joined Chelsea from FC Basel in January 2014 for a fee of £11 million , but after failing to light up Stamford Bridge in his time at the club , was sent on loan to Fiorentina in January 2015 in the hope that the Blues could recoup some viable amount of their investment on a player whose confidence looked shattered under huge expectations at Stamford Bridge.
However, to say that Salah was a success at Fiorentina will be an understatement, such was his impact at the Viola. He went one to become the club’s most important player , notching 9 games in all competitions and creating chance after chance for his teammates.
Fiorentina wanted to extend his stay at the club and offered Chelsea a further £1 million to keep him for next season with an obligation to buy for £17 million at the season’s end. They also offered Salah an increase in wages for next season.
Chelsea were ready to accept the deal and many tipped Salah to follow suit, seeing the impact he had made at the Viola in just half a season. However, from out of nowhere, Salah decided to renege on his agreement with the Florence based club and rejected the offer of an extension. His actions prompted widespread anger among the Fiorentina fan base and the club went on to threaten legal action over the player.
It was reported that interest from Inter and Roma among with other Italian heavyweights , coupled with his desire to stay on and fight for his place at Chelsea prompted him to take such an option. However, with recent reports indicating that Chelsea want to offload him while they can still make a profit , Salah has been left in a limbo. He will be ruing the fact that he passed up the chance to stay at a club which desperately wanted him to , in favour of rejoining one who is equally desperate to show him the door.
With the Blues expecting a price in the region of £17 million for the player, there is every chance of them making a substantial profit on him, specially with Inter , Roma and Atletico Madrid holding serious interest in Salah. However,for the player himself, it would be a far cry from the love and adulation he would have received had he chosen to stay put in Florence.