Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah is on the verge of joining AS Roma on loan for the rest of the season, providing the Italian giants agree to a €17 million obligation-to-buy clause being inserted into the prospective deal.
According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, the Blues are willing to let the Egypt international depart Stamford Bridge this month after failing to make any kind of impact during the past 12 months in west London.
Salah has started just six Premier League games for Jose Mourinho's side since joining from FC Basel in January last year, and has played just 30 minutes of football in England's top-flight this term.
It's clear that the 22-year-old does not feature heavily in the Portuguese tactician's plans moving forward, which could prompt an imminent move to Stadio Olimpico before the transfer window closes in a little over two weeks time.
Senior Roma officials are already understood to have met with Salah's agent, who has confirmed his client's interest in ending his ill-fated spell in the capital by linking up with Rudi Garcia's side in Serie 'A' at the earliest opportunity.
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However, the only sticking point is the fee that Chelsea are demanding for a player they paid £11 million to bring to the Premier League this time last year. BBC Sport reports that Salah signed a five-and-a-half year contract, and for that reason the Blues are able to set his valuation at whatever level they deem fit.
Salah's best moment in a Chelsea shirt so far undoubtedly came in the emphatic 6-0 victory against Arsenal at the end of last season when the Egyptian came off the bench at Stamford Bridge to score late in the game.
But, first-team chances have been too few and far between for the former Swiss champion to settle for a bit-part role in the Blues squad, with the opportunity to join title-challengers Roma seemingly one that is too good to turn down.