Chelsea transfer news: Mohamed Salah wanted by Inter Milan and Roma but legal dispute could see him return to Fiorentina

Salah wants to leave Fiorentina with a number of other Italian clubs monitoring his situation but club say he agreed to stay with them next season

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Mohamed Salah will not remain with Italian side Fiorentina next season despite spending this year with the Serie A club, but he is still set to leave Chelsea this summer.

23-year-old Salah left Chelsea on a short-term deal in January having struggled to make an impact at Stamford Bridge since his arrival from FC Basle a year earlier, and he immediately found his feet in Italy as he inspired Fiorentina to a semi-final appearance, knocking out Tottehnam and Roma on the way.

With the expectation that he will leave the Blues permanently this summer, Fiorentina worked a clause into his loan deal that meant they could take him on for another season for an additional fee, but his solicitor Ramy Abbas has confirmed that he looks set to join one of the club’s Italian rivals instead.


"We have decided, he's not staying at Fiorentina," Abbas is quoted as saying by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport. "Salah is going to move to another Italian club."

That club is believed to be one of Inter Milan and Roma, while the Evening Standard revealed that Juventus are also monitoring his situation.

However, a legal dispute could prove to scupper the deal after Fiorentina sought action over the clause that, they claim, means Salah must stay with them next season. The club offered the winger improved terms to stay next season, and due to the agreement between club and player, he is obliged to stay until the end of the 2015/16 season.

Salah struggled after his move to Chelsea

Abbas countered the claim by providing documentation, which was published by Gazetta dello Sport, which showed a different agreement was in place allowing Salah to refuse the option before the end of June. Given that date has now passed, Fiorentina expect Salah to return to the club for pre-season training later this month and are prepared to take legal action if required.