Chelsea midfielder Mohamed Salah has emerged as a late January transfer target for Hamburger SV, who are more desperate than ever to sign the Egyptian winger after losing out in the race for Krystian Bielik.
The Polish youngster dealt Hamburg a huge blow by choosing to join Arsenal last weekend, forcing the Bundesliga strugglers into a rethink in their bid to strengthen for what looks likely
Salah remains a viable target heading into the final fortnight of the window, with the The Guardian's live transfer blog reporting at 3.44pm that they remain hopeful of securing a six-month loan switch despite Jose Mourinho's claim to the contrary last weekend.
Mourinho makes stance of Salah clear
The Blues boss is adamant that he won't let Salah leave unless he can sign a first-class replacement, worth a whopping £50 million.
Here's what Mourinho said when quizzed about the former Basel star's long-term future following Chelsea's famous 5-0 win over Swansea City: "He can't leave, I have 20 players today with Didier a bit ill and Azpilicueta injured."
"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 £50million player."
Interest high from across the continent
Mourinho may be determined to keep Salah as back-up for Chelsea's fight on four fronts this season, but the Daily Mail report that Blues chiefs will meet today to decide if it's time for a peripheral figure to go and get regular first-team football elsewhere.
Roma, Sunderland and Inter Milan are also seriously interested in signing Salah for at least the rest of this season, with the 22-year-old's transfer status set to become far clearer during the early part of this week.