The loan deal to take Mohamed Salah from Chelsea to Fiorentina has been completed, one of the two crucial components for the London club in the signing of Colombian World Cup star Juan Cuadrado for £23.3m.
The Egyptian winger will go to the Serie A club until the end of the season with an option for Fiorentina to buy him in the summer if he performs well for Vincenzo Montella’s team. Chelsea have balanced the books by selling Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg for around £23m.
The loan of Salah and the sale of Schurrle frees up two places among the 17 non-homegrown players permitted in Chelsea’s Premier League squad. It is not inconceivable they could make a second signing to fill the other place but as it stands it looks like it Cuadrado will be the only January acquisition.
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