As Jose Mourinho looks to tinker with a squad that strolled to the Premier League title last year, his attention is reported to have been cast, by Gazzetta dello Sport, in the direction of Antoine Griezmann.
The 24-year old enjoyed a fantastic debut season in Madrid last term, notching 25 goals in all competitions for Atletico and establishing himself as one of the deadliest young forwards around in the process.
Salah also enjoyed an excellent campaign last season on loan at Fiorentina, scoring six goals in his 16 Serie A games, but is deemed surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. The winger is believed to favour another year in Italy, with the club’s Sporting Director recently stating, in quotes carried by Goal, that 'his disposition is to stay'.
Chelsea are unlikely to be deterred by this and a move to Atletico would also be an attractive option for Salah.
Griezmann’s departure would be hard to take for Atletico fans following Mario Mandzukic’s move to Juventus and rumours surrounding the possible exits of Arda Turan and Koke.
Will it happen?
Griezmann ticks all the boxes for a Jose Mourinho player. He’s pacey, hard-working and has a keen eye for goal. As much as Atletico have improved in recent years, they still remain a selling club and operate by increasing the value of players and charging high fees. The move could suit all parties; Atletico receive a large sum and a quality winger in Salah, while Chelsea acquire one of Europe’s top young talents, who is tailor-made for their style of play.