Chelsea should exploit Roma’s interest in Mohamed Salah to cherry pick a useful talent from Rudi Garcia’s exciting squad.
Sky Sports Italia report last season’s Serie A silver medallists to have ‘pinpointed’ Salah as an ideal addition to their three-man forward line.
A season-long loan with an option to buy for £15m is Roma’s preferred way of doing business, while Chelsea would rather a permanent end of term switch was compulsory.
Perhaps given the many gems within the Giallorossi ranks the Blues moneymen would be wiser to leverage Roma’s desire to sign Salah to bring a useful player in the opposite direction.
Among Garcia’s troops the obvious standout from a Blues perspective is all-action defensive midfielder Radja Nainggolan.
The 26-year-old Belgium international moved to Roma for a moderate fee reportedly totalling no more than €9m from Bologna a year ago.
As such it’s far from beyond the realms of reality that Jose Mourinho could swap Salah for a man that would rate something of an improvement on John Obi Mikel when it comes to deputising for Nemanja Matic.
Slightly more of a box-to-box presence than the Serbian, he could also come in useful if Mourinho chose to use the 4-3-3 he employed to grind out results away from home against the top sides last term.
With the Portuguese seemingly having lost faith in Ramires, who has made just three starts this term, Nainggolan would allow Chelsea to simultaneously cash in on the Brazilian who has interested Real Madrid in the past.
The Stamford Bridge side are 11/20 to apply some pressure to closest Premier League pursuers Manchester City with victory when they travel to Swansea in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off.
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