Tottenham are eyeing up a move for Mohamed Salah, but are fearful that Chelsea could try and block their way according to the Daily Mirror.
The Egyptian winger was shipped off to Fiorentina on loan at the start of the year and so far he's managed seven goals in 19 appearances for the Serie A side, helping them to knock Tottenham out of the Europa League on their way to the semi-finals, where they take on Sevilla on Thursday.
According to the Mirror, Salah is surplus to requirements at Chelsea and will be free to find a new club in the summer, and while he may prefer to stay with Fiorentina they may not be able to afford his wages and fee.
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That could open the door for Tottenham, however they reportedly fear that the bad blood between them and Chelsea could scupper their chances.The two clubs have clashed over various transfers in recent years, starting with the Blues failed attempt to lure Luka Modric to Stamford Bridge back in 2011.
Chelsea snatched Brazilian ace Willian while he was undergoing a medical with Tottenham in 2013, and the two have fought over the likes of Oscar and Juan Mata in the past.
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Jose Mourinho has shown a reluctance to do business with rivals in recent seasons and blocked Demba Ba from joining Arsenal at the start of last season, and according to the Mirror, Spurs are prepared for a long hard slog in their attempts to land Salah.
Tottenham are likely to have a busy summer once more after a promising season under boss Maurico Pochettino that has ultimately failed to return Champions League football back to White Hart Lane. The north London club sit in sixth place with three games to go and seven points separating them from Manchester United in fourth.
The Mirror say that Bayer Leverkusen ace Son Heung Min is also a target for Spurs, while Liverpool are also taking a look at the Korean who is valued at £15 million by his club. Tottenham are also being linked with Bournemouth's £12 million-rated Callum Wilson.
As it seems to be said at the end of every season, Tottenham are at a crossroads. They have plenty to be optimistic about having established a core of young homegrown players that play impressive football. They spent big in the aftermath of Gareth Bale's departure and bought in a host of players last summer too, none of which have really shone.
Going by the latest rumours it seems as though Spurs are looking at lesser names with smaller price tags to help them get back to the top. Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado cost almost £60 million combined but haven't performed. Pochettino is the perfect boss to make his team better than the sum of its parts and he'll have to be at his best to break into the top four next season with a supporting cast rather than lead actors.