Fiorentina are confident they will sign Mohamed Salah from Chelsea on a permanent basis after holding positive talks with his agent on Wednesday.
Salah spent the latter of half of last season on loan in Florence and thoroughly impressed with seven goals and four assists and left the Serie A outfit desperate to take up their option to buy him.
His fine form attracted the attention of a number of their domestic rivals with Inter Milan and Juventus both rumoured to have entered the running.
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Luckily, Fiorentina negotiated a first-option clause on the original loan deal, meaning they currently have exclusive access to the Egyptian with regards to a permanent transfer.
They held talks with Salah's agent yesterday and Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle has since confirmed that talks went well. In fact, he expects Salah to make a decision on their offer today (Thursday).
"It was a positive meeting," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "But Salah's answer is not going to arrive until [Thursday] morning.
"We've moved to accommodate his wishes, which is why I'm optimistic. We've offered him more than €2.8 million."
Salah is said to be demanding as much as €3 million to leave Chelsea and Fiorentina have left themselves exposed to rival interest by trying to talk him down on that price.
But they must hope that interest from Inter MIlan will be ignored simply because the Viola can offer him Europa League football next season whereas Inter failed to qualify.
A get-out-of-jail card
Chelsea originally signed Salah from FC Basel for £11m but failed to ever work his way into Jose Mourinho's plans at Stamford Bridge.
Their decision to loan him to Fiorentina as part of a deal that saw Juan Cuadrado move the other way was a last-ditch attempt to claw back their original outlay.
Since Salah performed well, they are now in the unlikely position of being about to make a profit on the 22-year-old as Fiorentina's option to buy stands at £12m.
It is certainly a get-out-of-jail free card for Mourinho, but he now faces a bigger problem in the form of the £23.3m flop Cuadrado, who looks set to follow a similar path to Salah after struggling with life in the Premier League.
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