This afternoon Mohamed Salah has left Chelsea to join AS Roma on a £16 million permanent deal which is a £5m profit on the player they bought from FC Basel two years ago.
— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 3, 2016
Last season he was on loan at AS Roma, the Egyptian scored 15 goals and provided nine assists in 42 appearances for the Serie A side. The club activated an option to secure the services of the 24 year-old winger on permanent basis after he impressed during his loan spell.
Salah first appeared on the Chelsea radar during Europa and Champions League games against Basel 2 seasons ago. He impressed former manager Jose Mourinho so much he ended up signing for the club for £11 million in January 2014. Chelsea beat off competition from the likes Liverpool for the players signature.
However it never really happened for the winger at Stamford Bridge and he failed to convince the Portuguese boss he deserved a regular place in his team. One year later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina as part the deal that saw Juan Cuadrado move in the opposite direction.
In a short statement the Stamford Bridge club said,
“Chelsea Football Club thanks Mohamed for his service and wishes him well for the future.”
The 24-year-old becomes the second player to leave Stamford Bridge in the past two days after Baba Rahman joined Schalke on a season-long loan.