Fiorentina are growing more and more confident about securing a permanent deal for Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.
The Serie A side's president Andrea Della Valle held talks with Salah and his party yesterday and has admitted that he feels confident they can get the deal over the line, however, they've set the Egyptian a 7pm deadline.
Fiorentina want an answer from Salah tonight regarding his future and will push ahead with the deal if the winger gives them the go-ahead before this evening.
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The 22-year-old spent half of last season in Italy with Fiorentina, after being sent out on loan by Chelsea in January. He was part of the deal that took Juan Cuadrado in the opposite direction.
After failing to impress in West London since moving from FC Basel, the winger wanted out of Stamford Bridge after struggling for first-team football, but he suddenly showed his Basel form after arriving in Italy.
Salah only made three appearances for The Blues during their title-winning campaign, but was then sent to Italy in January.
From January until the end of the season, Salah made 16 appearances for Fiorentina, scoring six goals and providing the team with three assists.
Speaking to Italian media, Della Valle revealed that he's confident the club can get the deal over the line with Chelsea after the two held positive talks.
He said: "We are trying to keep him, this is the decisive day.
"Personally, I am optimistic about the negotiations succeeding. We will understand everything this evening."
As well as the club president, the club's Sporting Director is also confident the deal will be finalised after admitting they made an 'insane' offer for the 22-year-old.
He said: "I tell the fans that the club has made an insane offer to Salah. If any player, not just Salah, turned down a proposal like that, then it's best he doesn't stay at Fiorentina.
"However, I think Salah will accept. He made a huge impact with us, so it's normal that he should receive calls from elsewhere."
After holding the talks, Fiorentina now want to know whether Salah is keen on the deal and have given him a 7pm deadline this evening. According to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Salah will be given a four or five year contract in Italy if he chooses to stay, with a £40million release clause inserted in his contract.
It's believed the Serie A side will pay Chelsea £12.5m. This means Jose Mourinho's side will make a £1.1m profit on the Egyptian, after they spent £11m on signing him from Basel.
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