Roma secure loan deal for Chelsea winger Salah

Roma have agreed a deal to sign Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah on loan until the end of next season with a view to a permanent move, Goal.com is reporting.

The two clubs have been involved in heavy negotiating over the out-of-favour Egyptian, who has been the subject of interest from a number of other clubs during the January transfer window, but Roma have finally settled on a £380,000 loan fee.

They could also decide to make the move permanent at any time during his proposed 18-month spell at the Stadio Olimpico, with a contract until 2019 having already been agreed, although Salah could also be sent back to Chelsea if he fails to live up to expectations.

The 22-year-old only joined Chelsea in January 2014 after impressing for Swiss champions Basel, but has found opportunities at Stamford Bridge massively difficult to come by, making only 11 appearances in all competitions and only being given 30 minutes of Premier League football this season.

With Eden Hazard, Oscar, Andre Schurrle and Willian all ahead of him in the pecking order, Salah had been offered to Atletico Madrid and Monaco and had been touted as a possible makeweight in a deal which would have seen Fiorentina’s Juan Cuadrado sign for Chelsea.

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