Chelsea outcast Salah targeted by Spartak Moscow

Spartak Moscow boss Murat Yakin has revealed that he would like to bring Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah to the Russian capital in the upcoming transfer window, the London Evening Standard has reported.

Yakin previously worked with Salah while manager of Basel, from whom the Egyptian joined Chelsea in January this year for £11m. However, since his move to Stamford Bridge, he has struggled for game time, finding himself behind the likes of Eden Hazard, Oscar, Andre Schurrle and Willian in the pecking order.

The 22-year-old scored on his Premier League debut against Arsenal back in March, but has rarely appeared since, with all three of his outings this season coming in the cup competitions. As a result, Besiktas and Inter have both registered an interest in signing Salah on loan in January.

But Yakin is determined for a reunion, and hopes to pull off a deal in January. He said: “I want to sign both Salah and (current Basel player) Fabian Frei. I know both players well. I know the economic situation in Russia is not the best, but the club can afford both players’ wages.

“The club president promised a surprise in the upcoming transfer market; I spoke with him about both Salah and Frei and I hope it will happen, that’d be my Christmas present. I’ll do whatever it takes to get Salah in the team, even if I have to beg for it.”

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