Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah will inform Fiorentina whether he plans to stay with them for the 2015/16 campaign later today after the Serie 'A' giants exercised their right to keep the Egypt international on loan for another year.
That's according to the Daily Telegraph, who report that the Italian outfit must pay the Blues £700,000 to extend the 23-year-old's stay at Stadio Artemio Franchi, thanks to an agreement previously made when the player first arrived in Florence back in January.
Salah performed admirably for La Viola last term and contributed an impressive tally of nine goals from a wide role, which has prompted admiring glances from a number of rival suitors ahead of the summer transfer window.
Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs currently considering offers for the former FC Basel forward, although it's Fiorentina that at this stage remain favourites to secure Salah's signature.
The sacking of Vincenzo Montella and consequent appointment of Paulo Sousa as head coach has not deterred the club from pressing ahead with plans to tie the Chelsea outcast down after it became apparent that he has no future in Jose Mourinho's first-team.
A move away from Stamford Bridge almost certainly beckons for the Egyptian following a frustrating 18-month spell with the newly crowned Premier League champions.
Salah has hardly been given a chance to show what he can do in the first-team, and departed west London as part of the deal that saw Colombia international Juan Cuadrado move to England at the turn of the year.
"Fiorentina have exercised our option, the player has the right to choose and hopefully it'll be in our favour," confirmed Fiorentina's sporting director Daniele Prade. "We want to keep him and Salah will talk to the coach. His predisposition is to stay."
It remains to be seen whether Spurs' alleged interest will cause Salah to snub advances from his temporary club - that will ultimately depend on whether he has any desire to remain in England's top-flight.
However, Mauricio Pochettino has been suitably impressed with the Blues misfit and he's ready to offer him the opportunity to prove his doubters wrong at White Hart Lane next term.
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