Despite it being widely acknowledged that Fiorentina had already taken up their option to extend Mohamed Salah's loan through the 2015/16 season, the Egyptian has still been linked to several other clubs this summer. How could this be? There are two solutions here -- the Salah transfer stories are essentially fictional or something weird is happening with him and the viola. And as it turns out, the answer is option number two.
Fiorentina have paid Chelsea £700,000 to keep Salah on loan next year. But, according to the Standard, he's upset with the dismissal of coach Vincenzo Montella, and is having doubts over whether to return to Florence. Hence the rumours. Hence Fiorentina being a little bit grumpy:
We will meet with his representatives and will see what his requests are. We have not spoken to the player. But we have already paid for the renewal of the loan, and established the contract for the upcoming season. We want to keep to what the contract says.
-Fiorentina General Manager Andrea Rogg. Source: Standard.
An explosive second half of the season saw Salah's value skyrocket, which is obviously good news for Chelsea. But his phenomenal level in Serie A means he has a lot of suitors, and his return to Florence is hardly guaranteed with everyone else so keen on throwing money at him. So then, let the transfer rumours continue.