Serie A giants Inter Milan are keen on signing out-of-favour Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah when the transfer window reopens next month.
The Egyptian only signed on with the Premier League side back in January, but has spent the majority of his time in English football watching on from the substitute’s bench and could be tempted by a move to the San Siro.
Roberto Mancini has been vocal in his praise for the 22-year-old, though admits sealing a deal at this time in the season could be a difficult challenge given Jose Mourinho’s desire to have a squad brimming with strength across all areas.
Salah was drafted in from Swiss side FC Basel following Juan Mata’s dramatic move to David Moyes’ Manchester United, but has found opportunities at Stamford Bridge limited in his 11 months in the capital so far.
This term the Blues have been in ruthless mode, with the likes of Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas helping them race to the top of the Premier League table where they show no signs of budging going into 2015.
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Hazard is unmoveable from the left flank, with the Belgian currently in a rich vein of form, whilst fellow wingers Willian and Andre Schurrle have showed glimpses of promise that have left Salah watching on like a spectator for the most part of the campaign.
He has featured just twice in the league to date, and may have to cut short his time at the club in order to secure a starting berth elsewhere. Mancini is keen to bring pacey wingers to the club, though faces a challenge to secure Salah with Turkish side Besiktas also keen.
The former Manchester City manager was dealt a bitter blow in his pursuit of Adnan Januzaj with Louis Van Gaal refusing to let him leave Old Trafford on loan, though may fare better in his hunt for Arsenal winger Lukas Podolski who has fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium following the arrivals of Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in the summer.
Their options in wide positions are currently lacklustre in comparison to current champions Juventus, and with Mancini having won titles before with better wingers it could be the perfect blueprint for future success.
Liverpool and Tottenham were both keen to sign Salah during his days at Basel, but are unlikely to attempt to rescue him from his nightmarish spell in English football. It seems just a matter of time before Salah leaves the club, with Mourinho keen to snare Marco Reus from Borussia Dortmund as a possible replacement.
Any such move may have to wait until the summer, with the Blues currently on course to win an unprecedented quadruple after last year’s trophyless season.