Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is keen to send out-of-favour winger Mohammed Salah out on loan in January.
The Portuguese coach wants Salah, the 22-year-old Egypt international, to gain some valuable first-team experience in England before returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
A number of Premier League clubs are believed to be keen, including Everton, Sunderland, Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City, according to the Mirror.
Salah to stay in England
Salah will not be away on international duty at the African Cup of Nations in the New Year because Egypt surprisingly failed to qualify for the tournament, which makes him an even more attractive proposition for clubs interested in securing his services.
Along with the Premier League contingent, it’s understood that a number of overseas clubs are also keen to sign Salah on a short-term deal. However, Mourinho believes the exciting winger could have a long-term future at Stamford Bridge and subsequently wants him to gain experience in the Premier League rather than abroad.
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Everton and Christian Atsu
Of the interested Premier League teams, Everton might appeal most to Salah, who arrived in England in January 2013 following the completion of his £11 million transfer from FC Basel.
However, a temporary move to Goodison Park will only be permitted if Everton agree to terminate Christian Atsu’s loan contract on account of clubs being unable to borrow two players from the same Premier League team.
Atsu, though, has had few opportunities to shine with the Toffees and Mourinho may look to send Salah elsewhere whether the Ghanaian returns to Stamford Bridge or not.
Salah to show class elsewhere?
Salah would expect to get first-team opportunities wherever he ends up next month. This is a player of considerable quality and who has proved his class in both the Europa League and Champions League over recent seasons.
Furthermore, this is a goalscoring winger who has netted a magnificent 20 goals in 35 appearance for his national team since making his international debut in 2011.
Much was expected of Salah when he arrived at Stamford Bridge, but his move has not panned out as many expected it would.
Last season he made 11 appearances for the Blues, scoring two goals. And so far this season he has been limited to five appearances in all competitions.
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