Chelsea have agreed to repay Fiorentina the £700,000 they paid to extend Mohamed Salah's loan deal after the Egyptian refused to join them, reports The Evening Standard.
Salah originally moved to the Viola in January and thoroughly impressed during a six month spell. Naturally, Fiorentina were keen to keep the 23-year-old on their books going into the new season.
They had agreed a clause in the original loan deal that they would be allowed to extend it for a further 12 months for £700,000. Chelsea received the money, but Salah refused to rejoin the Florence-based outfit.
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It left officials at the Serie A club fuming and threatened to burn the bridges that Chelsea had worked hard to build. However, Jose Mourinho has managed to extinguish the fire with an offer of goodwill.
The Blues will repay the £700,000 despite not having a legal obligation to do so and have also offered to send another player on loan there as a replacement.
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Fiorentina director Andrea Rogg said, as per the same report: “The rapport between Fiorentina and Chelsea is excellent. There has been some contact between clubs.
“We want to emerge from this situation in an amicable manner. Chelsea have many interesting players and this could be the route we go down.”
Potential loan stars
Chelsea are prolific loaners of players and have already confirmed six loan deals this week. In total, over a dozen players have left the club on a temporary basis this summer.
While many of these players are young fledglings, Fiorentina will be after an established first-team star and could potentially sign their former player Juan Cuadrado.
The Colombian's transfer to Stamford Bridge was the very reason Salah originally joined Fiorentina, but, as Salah before him, failed to establish himself under Mourinho.
He is reportedly up for sale with Mourinho ready to sell for the £27m he originally purchased him for. But after six months on the bench, few clubs are willing to meet his demands. Should Fiorentina agree to a loan fee, there is a chance this deal could be done.
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