Report: Inter’s motives for Salah snub revealed

Reports in Italy suggest Inter turned down Chelsea's Mohamed Salah on loan because they were scared he would have to do national service.

Chelsea offered Inter Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah on a season loan yesterday but the Italian side refused.

It has been suggested that Inter were only willing to bring in new faces once they sold midfielder Fredy Guarin, whose deal with Valencia fell through.

There have also been reports that Inter coach Walter Mazzarri isn't a fan of Salah and didn't believe he would fit in with his plans for this season.

But the latest from Sky Italia is that Inter were worried that Salah would be called up to do his national service and so passed on him.

Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab stepped in to prevent Salah having to do national service earlier in the summer, but Inter are said to be unconvinced that the call won't come again, especially if the player changes country.

It was a frustrating end to the transfer window for Inter, who wanted to launch a bid for Fabio Borini of Liverpool but couldn't free up the capital from the sale of Guarin.

Inter began their 2014-15 campaign with a goalless draw at Torino and had goalkeeper Samir Handanovic to thank for saving a point after he stopped a penalty.

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