Besiktas president Fikret Orman has brought to light his efforts to sign Chelsea misfit Mohamed Salah on loan, a report from the Daily Star has revealed.
Salah, 22, has made just seven appearances for a total of 268 minutes this season following last winter’s £11 million move from FC Basel, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Willian, Oscar and Andre Schurrle all well ahead of him in the pecking order.
Besiktas reached a strategic partnership agreement with Chelsea in October, which is set to open up various transfer opportunities between the two sides, and the out-of-favour winger could become one of the first beneficiaries if Orman’s comments are to be taken at face value.
“I was in England and held talks with Chelsea but it would be wrong to disclose who the negotiations were regarding,” he is reported to have told Turkish radio station Best FM.
“The talks are ongoing, if I was to tell you who the transfer was regarding it could make the move more difficult.”
Serie A trio Fiorentina, Inter Milan and Napoli have also been mentioned as potential suitors for Salah’s signature in recent months, although it remains to be seen whether manager Jose Mourinho will even allow him to leave Stamford Bridge in the coming weeks.
The Egyptian international would no doubt benefit from regular first-team minutes, and a temporary stint elsewhere could help him get his still-promising career back on track.