Reports are circulating to suggest that representatives from Chelsea and Fiorentina are working together to resolve the delicate situation involving Mohamed Salah. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the discussions between the two clubs are in an attempt to avoid resorting to FIFA arbitration. Both teams want to try to safeguard their friendly relationship, one that led to the favourable deal being set up for Salah in the first instance.
The sticking point remains the fact that Fiorentina believe Salah's power of veto for the deal was a private agreement and not part of the original contract signed by the Egyptian, and therefore is not recognised by Serie A. They also argue that Salah did not state that he did not want to continue with the loan until after the deadline had passed, and after Fiorentina had paid the required €1million to Chelsea in order to extend the loan. The Blues assert that the veto clause was part of the initial contract and is recognized by UEFA.
With Fiorentina threatening legal action, the most likely scenario is that Chelsea will end this whole sorry mess by offering the viola their €1million back, plus a compensation figure that reflects the raise in value of Salah during his successful six months with the club.
Chelsea may well be able to recoup this compensation through selling the player for a higher value than the set €18million deal offered to Fiorentina to buy Salah permanently at the end of the 2015-16 season. Although Inter have denied any improper approach for the 'hero to villain' forward, Inter general director Marco Fassone refused to rule out their interest in him. As it stands, Salah will commence pre-season training with Chelsea whilst the London club attempt to clean up all the mess that he left behind.