The Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah, who scored 9 times in 26 games, out on a loan at Fiorentina, has joined AS Roma on a season-long loan as announced by the official website.
Last year Salah left Basel and joined the Blues in January to become the first Egyptian, who turned out for Stamford Bridge outfit, but the “Egyptian Messi” struggled for regular football.
As quoted by Mourinho during this tug war:
“He doesn’t belong to my squad and he’s not staying here,” Mourinho said.
“The important thing is that he plays like he did at Fiorentina, so I’m happy with him going on a loan. Italian football is difficult football to play, especially for attacking players. So if it’s not Fiorentina it’s Roma or Inter or Juve — I don’t know. Maybe he has a loan.
“He’s a good boy and a good player. He needs more top-level football so I’m happy with any decision him and the club make.”
Salah has been the center of a transfer tussle between Fiorentina, Inter Milan and Roma for much of this summer.
The 23-year-old played brilliantly for the Italian outfit, thus impressing the Serie A side in this time period.
The winger’s agent Ramy Abbas told KingFut.com:
‘Sure, after the results of the medical are concluded, they can take one to two days. ‘Furthermore, Salah will only accept a loan where the club has an obligation to buy him, not an option to buy him. ‘Lots and lots of teams were interested in Salah.’
Plentiful teams were interested in Salah, Fiorentina was very much interested and impressed by the Egyptian last season, but the winger was reluctant and showed the least interest in joining or returning back to the club.
Chelsea’s misfit Salah ultimately landed at the Fiumicino Airport in Rome on Wednesday after closing in on a loan deal to Roma with a buyout figure of £16m and a loan fee of £1.4m. Good luck to him!
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