Mohamed Salah is edging closer to an exit from Stamford Bridge after Chelsea and Roma’s representatives met to work out a deal for the Egyptian international.
talkSPORT claim that Roma director of football Walter Sabatini met with Chelsea officials last night to discuss terms for a possible deal. Although Salah's representatives have agreed a pay package, the clubs are yet to decide on a deal.
Roma want to take the winger on an initial loan for a fee of £380,000 with an option to sign the player for £12 million at the end of the season, but Chelsea would prefer a straight sale.
Financial fair play
However, any chance of a deal happening may be scuppered by financial fair play regulations. Roma learned last September that they were being investigated for possible breaches of FFP. By taking the player on an initial loan it would allow the Serie A club to spread costs over a period of time to balance their books.
While Chelsea would prefer no movement during the transfer window, the Egyptian international has put pressure on Chelsea hierarchy to leave the club during the January transfer window.
Salah, 22, arrived at Chelsea last year for £11 million from Basle, but has made only six Premier League appearances in that time. The player impressed for Basle in the Champions League, but has been a major disappointment since the move.
Jose Mourinho has insisted throughout the month that he wants no activity during the transfer window.
However, when asked, Mourinho did hint that Salah’s exit was a possibility, stating: “I have a very short squad, I need everybody. For Salah to leave someone has to come in.”
Seemingly Salah’s insistence on a move has triggered Chelsea renewed pursuit of Fiorentina’s right winger Juan Cuadrado.
Fiorentina are believed to have sounded out the possibility of taking Salah on loan as part of any deal. Cuadrado - a highly technical dribbler – attracted interest from Barcelona and Manchester United during the summer.