Fiorentina will extend Mohammed Salah’s loan for as long as possible before buying him outright, according to English newspaper, the Daily Star.
Salah was used as a makeweight in the transfer that saw Juan Cuadrado move from Florence to west London after he failed to hold down a starting place in the 12 months he spent at Stamford Bridge. The Egyptian signed from Swiss club Basel for £11.5 million in the January transfer window of 2014 after a few impressive performances against Chelsea in both the Europa League and the Champions League.
Salah’s form in the Serie A could not differ more to Cuadrado’s, who has largely watched on from the bench and thus far failed to score a goal. Salah has seen his reputation around European football grow significantly since joining Fiorentina, form that saw him score a brlliant hat-trick against Juventus recently and that led his manager to compare him to Lionel Messi.
“For now, we have benefited. We knew the superb characteristics of the player, but we did not expect him to have such an impact on Italian football,” Vicenzo Montella is quoted saying of his winger.
“Perhaps only Messi is faster than him with the ball at one’s feet. He’s doing well with La Viola, let’s hope that continues because it is just what we wanted when we wanted to send him to Florence.”
Fiorentina could keep Salah next season if they are willing to pay Chelsea £750,000. After that, they will have to pay the full £11.5 million that Chelsea originally spent on Salah if they wish to keep permanently.