Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah wants to join Inter Milan on loan in January, despite Jose Mourinho insisting that none of his players will be leaving Stamford Bridge when the transfer window re-opens.
The Egypt international has demanded showdown talks with the Blues’ manager, according to the Daily Star, having grown increasingly frustrated with his lack of minutes on the pitch this season.
Salah, who completed an £11 million move to Chelsea from FC Basel in January 2013, has played 14 minutes of Premier League football all season - and finds himself firmly behind the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Ramires in the pecking order at the Bridge.
Meeting planned for this month
The player’s representatives are due to meet with Mourinho later this month in the hope that the revered Portuguese coach will allow the out-of-favour winger to join Inter, whose manager Roberto Mancini regards the Egyptian as his top transfer target.
Salah’s only two starts this season have come in the Capital One Cup - against Bolton and Shrewsbury Town - and he was substituted in both matches.
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Good news for Arsenal?
Should Mourinho agree to loan Salah to his former employers, with whom he won the Champions League in 2010, then Inter are expected to scrap their planned moves for Arsenal duo Lukas Podolski and Joel Campbell.
But it’s understood that Mourinho would prefer Salah to move to an English club in order to gain some valuable Premier League experience before returning to Stamford Bridge in the summer.