Tottenham Hotspur are planning a surprise summer move for Chelsea outcast Mohamed Salah, but Jose Mourinho is reluctant to sell to a direct Premier League rival, despite the fact the want-away winger has no future at Stamford Bridge.
The Egypt international spent the second half of the 2014/15 campaign playing on loan at Fiorentina after moving to Italy as part of the deal that saw the Blues secure the signature of Colombian wide-man Juan Cuadrado in January.
Salah excelled at Stadio Artemio Franchi, netting nine goals in 26 appearances in all competitions for the Florence-based outfit, helping them to finish fourth in Serie'A' and reach two cup semi-finals.
Head coach Paulo Sousa is keen for the 23-year-old to extend his stay in Tuscany, however it seems that the player is keeping his options open ahead of the summer transfer window, with a number of other suitors reportedly interested in acquiring Salah's services.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is well aware of the forward's capabilities having seen first hand how devastating an impact the former FC Basel man can have, after helping knock the north London club out of the Europa League earlier this year.
It's the second time in as many seasons that Salah has contributed towards Tottenham's exit from the European competition after playing an instrumental part in Basel's two-legged victory back in 2013.
Next term he could be lining up for them if Pochettino can convince Mourinho to sell to Spurs, although Inter Milan is a more likely destination according to the London Evening Standard, after Roberto Mancini declared interest in taking Salah to the San Siro.
A season-long loan deal remains a strong possibility - with a £12 million option to buy next summer - however, given the Nerazzurri's delicate financial status they'll need to spread the fee over three years.
Spurs fans: Do you think Mohamed Salah would be a decent summer signing? What are the chances of Jose Mourinho agreeing to let him leave Chelsea for another Premier League club? Have your say below...
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