Fiorentina's Mohamed Salah in action with Tottenham's Andros Townsend during a Europa League clash last season (Photo: Reuters)
Egypt's Mohamed Salah, reportedly targeted by several Italian clubs, has decided not to stay at Fiorentina where he enjoyed a fruitful six-month loan spell, his solicitor said on Friday.
AC Milan, rivals Inter Milan and AS Roma are leading the race to sign the 23-year-old winger, according to widespread reports, after he made an impressive impact in Florence, scoring nine goals in 26 appearances in all competitions as Fiorentina finished fourth in the Serie A and reached the Europa League semi-final.
Fiorentina have an option to extend the loan of Salah, who joined from English Premier League side Chelsea last January, for another year but it seems that he had rejected their offer, which was described by a club official as "insane".
"We have decided, he's not staying at Fiorentina," Salah's solicitor Ramy Abbas was quoted as saying in La Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday.
"Salah is going to move to another Italian club."
Fiorentina argue that the Egyptian international is obliged to stay put next season but Abbas has refuted their claims, saying Salah had the option to turn down their offer of extending his stay before the end of June.
"Following recent developments concerning Mohamed Salah, ACF Fiorentina would like to clarify the following points out of respect for Viola fans," the club said in a statement.
"Through his representative, the player has rejected our improved contract offer and expressed his desire to join another club. He has also informed us that he does not intend to respond to our request for him to report back for pre-season training.
"As a result of the above, we have placed the matter in the hands of our lawyers so that they may assess all possible courses of action in order to protect the club's rights."
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