Chelsea duo Mohamed Salah and Nathan Ake could both be on their way to Besiktas this month, as the Turkish club’s president, Fikret Orman, has confirmed that negotiations are underway.
As per the London Evening Standard the Besiktas chief admitted that his club are working on a deal to sign Salah, who is also wanted by QPR, whilst also moving to engineer a loan deal for the relatively untested Ake.
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Though refusing to specify who it was that he was in London to talk with Chelsea about, the Standard believe it is the aforementioned pair, with both looking to get regular game-time. Salah has failed to make an impact on the Blues first-team, whilst Ake is still perceived to be developing as a player.
Naturally of the two it's Salah who will cause the bigger stir if he does leave, with the Egyptian winger promising exciting things when he first moved from FC Basel last year. Mourinho himself purchased the 22-year-old after witnessing his quality firsthand in the Champions League, but he's since been stifled by the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Andre Schurrle and Oscar.
As for Ake the move could give him the ideal backdrop to hone his abilities without the constant pressure of expectant fans. The defender has long been considered one of Chelsea's brightest homegrown talents, but if he's to realise his true potential he'll need to start getting opportunities soon.
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It also appears Cesar Azpilicueta won’t be out for as long as initially feared, as the Spaniard posted a positive message to fans regarding his injury on Twitter. The full-back picked up a muscle injury against Newcastle, but his recovery is going well.
It will come as a relief to Chelsea fans, who have grown accustomed to seeing the ex-Marseille man patrolling their left-flank with assured precision. Filipe Luis is as good a stand in as any, but there's a reason Azpilicueta has been getting the nod ahead of him thus far.
- Mourinho was honoured with the Portuguese coach of the century award last night, which celebrated 100 years of the country's football. The Special One was a worthy winner virtue of his illustrious track record.