Inter Milan have hit back at claims from Fiorentina vice-president Paolo Panerai that the club have been using underhand tactics to secure the services of Mohamed Salah.
The want-away Chelsea winger failed to report for pre-season training with La Viola - where he signed an 18-month loan deal in January - after formally submitting a transfer request.
Panerai says the Nerazzurri have completely ignored Uefa's Financial Fair Play regulations and should already be relegated from Serie ‘A’ as punishment for breaking the rules.
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Salah’s next destination remains shrouded in doubt, but it’s likely his long-term future will be served away from Stamford Bridge after Jose Mourinho gave the green light to selling the Egypt international.
The former FC Basel man has failed to make any kind of impact in west London and now looks set to return to Italy where he enjoyed a fruitful six-month spell during the second half of 2014/15.
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Fiorentina had hoped to negotiate a deal that would see Salah sign on at Stadio Artemio Franchi permanently, but based on their latest accusation it looks as though Inter are now favourites to secure his signature.
However, the club played down speculation they are on the verge of announcing a deal has been agreed after releasing the following statement on their official website.
"Inter has read with great astonishment the comments made by the Fiorentina vice-president on his personal Twitter account," it’s quoted saying by Goal.com.
"It is not acceptable for anybody to talk out of turn about our club, casting doubt over its solidity and transparency.
“It is not acceptable for anybody to offend our club and, as a consequence, our fans, with comments that are utterly lacking in foundation.
"Inter's dismayed by the request for exemplary sporting action to be taken against the club, given that it and many other clubs has just signed a public agreement with Uefa to respect the FFP regulations.
"Given that Fiorentina is clearly attempting to involve Inter in a matter that doesn't concern it, in order to cover up a problem between Fiorentina and the player Mohamed Salah, Inter will make recourse to any authority necessary in order to protect its image and integrity."
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