Serie A giants Napoli must ensure they win the race for forgotten Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.
The Egyptian, who has been used sparingly by Jose Mourinho ever since his arrival from Swiss titans FC Basel back in January, is being lined up by Rafael Benitez as cover following the injury to star winger Lorenzo Insigne.
Despite having endured a difficult time in English football, Salah remains a technically gifted player whose purchase would have huge benefits both on and off the pitch.
The 22-year-old had widely been linked with a move to Brendan Rodgers’s Liverpool, but Mourinho’s decision to sell Spanish playmaker Juan Mata to David Moyes’s Manchester United ultimately saw them win the race for his signature.
However life in the capital has not gone quite so smoothly as he had imagined. For whilst the Blues waltz towards a seemingly inevitable first league triumph since 2010, Salah’s own role has been one of understudy and reserve.
With the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian and Andre Schurrle all above him in the pecking order, he has been restricted to just 16 appearances in all competitions in spite of the £11million transfer fee that was parted with for his services.
Marco Reus and Gareth Bale have both been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge in recent weeks, with Mourinho ready to assemble a squad capable of dominating both the domestic and European scene.
Unfortunately it does not look as if Salah shall be part of that project and should instead move to Serie A where he can shine and propel Benitez’s men up the league table.
After a sluggish start to the season that at one point saw the Spaniard’s role come under huge scrutiny, they have bounced back and now stand third in the table, one point ahead of Sampdoria and four ahead of Filippo Inzaghi’s rejuvenated AC Milan.
Insigne’s injury sees him ruled out until April, which should now force his manager to delve into the transfer market for a deputy who can help them to sustain their recent momentum and surge up the league table.
Roberto Mancini is also said to be monitoring events over at the San Siro, with former club Basel also keen on a reunion.
With Chelsea’s current side the strongest since the days where Mourinho ruled the roost before it seems inconceivable that Salah will be at the club this time next year.
Reus remains more likely to opt for Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich side, but Bale could genuinely return to England with United keen for the Welshman to become the latest Gaalactico at the club. Salah could yet have the last laugh by guiding Napoli to silverware. He should push for a move, for the sake of his future in the game.