Mohamed Salah is understood to be keen on a move away from Chelsea and is ideally hoping for another loan spell with Fiorentina.
Sky Italia [via Sky Sports] have reported that the Egypt international enjoyed his time with the Viola, and is looking to return to the Stadio Artemio Franchi on loan for the coming campaign.
However, having impressed in Serie A for the second-half of last season—scoring six goals in 16 outings in the Italian top flight—the North African is keen on an improvement on his contract.
The 23-year-old reportedly wants a yearly salary of £2.1 million, and it remains to be seen whether Fiorentina could be tempted to make such a financial commitment to a player who would represent a short-term fix rather than a long-term investment.
The Gigliati are believed to have made a £1 million offer for the North African, who would move to Tuscany on a one-year deal.
Another option for the forward—who looks no closer to the first team at Chelsea—could come in the form of interest from Inter Milan.
The aforementioned source understand that the Nerazzurri are considering a move of their own for Salah, although Roberto Mancini’s side are only prepared to up his current Pensioners salary of £1.6 million to £1.9 million.
The former Basel man’s current contract at Stamford Bridge runs until 2019, having moved to the club in January 2014 on a five-and-a-half-year deal.
Since then, the attacker has managed only six EPL starts, and has wholly failed to deliver on the promise he showed earlier in his career-at least in England.
There were signs over the last six months that the spark has not entirely been extinguished, and there clearly Fiorentina and Inter saw enough to convince them that the Egyptian can be a key player in the coming Serie A campaign.