Roma have agreed to a deal with Chelsea to sign Mohamed Salah on loan until the end of next season, Goal Italy reports.
The Serie A club has been locked in talks with Chelsea over the past 24 hours and has settled on a $561,000 loan fee for the 22-year-old, while $18 million will need to be paid in order to make the move permanent.
Roma has the option send Salah back to Stamford Bridge if he fails to convince, but the Italian side also has the opportunity to sign the Egypt international on a permanent transfer at any point during his 18-month loan spell. The Italian side has agreed to a contract with the midfielder worth $2 million a year, plus bonuses, until 2019.
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Salah, who joined Chelsea from Basel for around $14 million last January, has played only 30 minutes in the Premier League this season.
Salah has already been offered to Atletico Madrid and Monaco during this transfer window, while Chelsea also explored the option of using winger as part of a deal to land Juan Cuadrado from Fiorentina.
Earlier in the day, Jose Mourinho refused to rule out movement in the transfer window insisting he would only do business if a ‘"phenomenal offer" comes in for one of his players. Andre Schurrle and Salah have been linked with moves, but the Chelsea boss is keen for them to stay and has included the duo in the squad for this weekend’s FA Cup fourth-round tie against Bradford.
"The club doesn’t move. We don’t move. Our desire is to keep the same squad," said the Portuguese. "The window is open but what I can say. I like them, I need them and I trust them. We are happy with the players, we are happy with the work we did in the summer to prepare for the season, and it reflects the trust we have in the group.