Could Fiorentina’s renewed Salah interest pave the way for Chelsea to sign Cuadrado?

Fiorentina have joined the race to sign Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah, reports claim.

According to Sky Sport Italia, Fiorentina have joined the race to sign Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah after a proposed move to Roma broke down.

The Egyptian winger has been heavily linked with a Stamford Bridge exit this month after failing to nail down a first-team spot due to heavy competition for places, according to The Daily Star.

Everything was seemingly in place for the former Basel winger to join Roma this month, but a late hiccup ultimately prevented a deal and his future now hangs in the balance once more.

As per Sky Sport Italia, Salah’s mindset is fixed on leaving the Blues ahead of deadline day on February 2, and as a result his agent has restarted conversations with Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina.

“The Egyptian winger still wants to change teams and his agent has restarted the conversations with Atletico Madrid and Fiorentina (he could be part of the Cuadrado deal)," states the report.

"Marina Granovskaia had reached a deal with Roma, the only thing missing was the exchange of the official documents before Sabatini stalled the deal. Now Salah's future team could be Fiorentina or Atletico Madrid."

A potential move to Serie A side Fiorentina could be an intriguing proposition for Jose Mourinho’s side and could provide the leeway needed to prise away talented winger Juan Cuadrado.

The Colombian international was the subject of a failed £20.6 million bid from the West London outfit on Wednesday, as reported by the Daily Mail.

The reasoning behind Fiorentina’s refusal was the offer fell short of his reported £26.8m release clause, although a deal involving Salah the other way may now alter the situation.

Cuadrado has been in fine form this season, scoring four goals and adding a further four assists in 16 Serie A starts – a tough ask to follow.

However, if the Tuscany outfit can depend on the arrival of an adequate replacement, this could see them become more willing to strike a fair deal with the Blues for the sale of their most prized possession.

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