Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah is "very likely" to leave Stamford Bridge on loan in the next couple of weeks, according to the Egypt international's agent Oliver Kronenberg.
The Metro carries quotes from the 22-year-old's representative - taken from an interview with Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport - which suggest the Blues outcast is keen to leave west London this month.
Jose Mourinho was pretty adamant in yesterday's post-match press conference that Salah would be going nowhere after moaning about the lack of depth in his squad following his side's emphatic 5-0 victory over Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
The Portuguese coach suggested that in order for the £11 million signing from FC Basel to leave he would need to sign another player in the January transfer window, but added that the prospect of that happening is highly unlikely.
"He can’t leave, I have 20 players today with Didier [Drogba] a bit ill and [Cesar] Azpilicueta injured," Mourinho said. "I had all my players here today, just [Nathan] Ake in the stands.
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"I have a very short squad, I need everybody. For Salah to leave someone has to come, and I don’t think we are going to let Salah go on loan and then spend some money to bring somebody else in.
"So I don’t think so, unless my club comes to me and says Salah goes on loan and we are going to buy a £50 million player."
However, Mourinho's comments do not match up with Kronenberg, who confirmed that he's already held talks with AS Roma about the possibility of Salah moving to Stadio Olimpico.
"It’s very likely he’ll leave Chelsea on loan," he said. "I spoke to Roma, but the cost of the operation is very high.
"He is on big wages at the moment and would like to maintain them. We’ll wait and see what happens."