What happens when a quality player in a big club like Chelsea manages just three starts (none of them in Premier League) and a couple of sub appearances in the first half of the season? Any clue? No? Well, of course, he gets linked to other clubs! Even more so, when the transfer window is just around the corner and linkages at it’s peak.
Last season it was Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata who struggled for minutes of play and were eventually sold off in January. This season it’s Mohamed Salah, who has taken up the honour, fortunately or unfortunately, to be our hottest transfer topic in the month.
According to various tabloids including Sports Mole, Squawka, various Egyptian newspapers and even Goal.com (I know they are not to be trusted, but this maybe one of the times as they have got some actual quotes, apparently!), the Egyptian has been a player of “interest” to Roberto Mancini, the manager of Inter Milan.
Let’s hear it straight from the man, who once invited Mourinho to dinner, when in charge of Galatasaray (hilariously he was turned down of course!)
“Within its limits, the club gave me full availability, which is nice to hear.”
“Mohamed Salah is a very interesting young prospect. [Ivan] Perisic is a good player, he has the right profile – but he isn’t easy to get to, either.”
“An offensive winger is one of our targets, but we’ll see what happens in the Mercato in January. We must look at those who are not playing, who lack motivation and are unhappy where they are.”
‘Interesting’ did you say? Well, you can have him if you are ready to splash, say, 20 Million pounds?
Well, I should probably leave it to Mourinho and co. to decide whether they would like to entertain any offer for the Winger. It looks more and more imminent that the Egyptian might be on his way out, if we have an “interesting” offer on the table.
If the transfer does materialize, it could also mean more minutes of play for our academy players. As Salah, apparently, haven’t had much opportunity on the pitch and the few minutes that he managed to, might do a world of good to a player like Lewis Baker or Jeremie Boga.
With the hectic schedule in the next few weeks and an unfortunate injury or two to our wingers would mean, Mohamed Salah gets his opportunity on the pitch. Since Lewis Baker or Jeremie Boga, for all their talent, are still quite inexperienced to take that responsibility of the first team.
So, what would it be then? I guess we would have to wait and see. However, we are quite sure that there’s going to be a lot of offers and baseless rumours for the Egyptian in the coming few days.
The January transfer window promises to be an exciting one, let’s see what it has in store for us and Salah! Please do express your views in the comment section below.
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Edited By: Harshal Ahire