Roma close in on Salah capture

The Egypt international has turned down the chance to be part of a deal to bring Juan Cuadrado to Stamford Bridge and is now set for Stadio Olimpico
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By Manuele Baiocchini

Officials from Roma have flown to London to complete a deal to bring Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah to the Serie A outfit, Goal can reveal.

The Egypt international joined the Blues from Basel for £13 million last January, but has struggled for minutes this season, appearing for just 30 minutes in the Premier League so far this term.

Jose Mourinho's side have been looking to offload the midfielder during the January transfer window, and Stadio Olimpco now looks his likeliest destination.

The Italian side had hoped to pay £380,000 to loan the player for the next 18 months before completing a permanent move for £10.6 million in the summer of 2016.

But the Premier League leaders are looking to recoup as much of the money they spent on the player 12 months ago, and are holding out for a loan fee of £1.1m, which would lead to a £12.1m transfer at the end of next season.

Salah has been offered to Atletico Madrid and Monaco already this window while Chelsea were hopeful of offering him in part-exchange for Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado so as to bring down the Colombia international's release clause of €35m (£26.8m).

But the player himself has rejected all of those proposed moves and now has his heart set on Rome as long as the loan fee can be agreed when Salah and his agent meet with officials from both clubs on Thursday.