Serie A giants Fiorentina must ensure they sign Chelsea loanee Mohamed Salah on a permanent basis when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
The Egyptian, who moved to the Stadio Artemio Franchi in January as part of the deal to bring Juan Cuadrado to Stamford Bridge, has been a revelation and was recently voted as the best signing of the winter transfer window.
And with Jose Mourinho unlikely to offer the youngster a route back to the first team, the Italian titans must ensure they get their man in order to mount a title challenge next season.
When news broke that Cuadrado would be joining the current Premier League leaders, many expected Fiorentina to suffer having already endured a difficult season up until that point.
But Salah has been a revelation, scoring goals galore in the league and Europa League to help fire Vincenzo Montella’s side into contention for the third and final Champions League slot.
The former FC Basel player has shown no signs of rustiness despite spending the majority of his time in English football languishing on the substitutes bench and amongst the reserves, netting three times and registering one assist in just six league games to date.
He also helped eliminate Tottenham Hotspur from the Europa League with the second goal in a 2-0 victory back in February, and also scored a vital winner against Juventus as Fiorentina won 2-1 in the first leg of their mouth-watering Coppa Italia clash.
Despite Salah shining in the colours of La Viola, the 22-year-old will most likely leave Stamford Bridge for a new challenge with Willian, Eden Hazard and Cuadrado all above him in the pecking order.
Mourinho has shown in the past he has no qualms when it comes to sanctioning big-name departures, having allowed Juan Mata, Kevin De Bruyne and David Luiz to all leave despite being popular figures amongst Chelsea fans.
Though he impressed on occasions in a Blue shirt – he scored as the Blues hammered Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal 6-0 last season – he never quite replicated the form shown in the Premier League during his brief and turbulent time in the capital.
He may even find himself further surplus to negotiations if the Blues are successful in their pursuit of Gareth Bale, with numerous reports claiming the Londoners could bid up to £75million to end the Welshman’s difficult time at Real Madrid.
They are also being linked with a sensational move for Arsenal winger Theo Walcott, who has yet to be offered a new deal with his current contract expiring in 12 months’ time.
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