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Chelsea open talks with Fiorentina to resolve Salah situation, compensation

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Apparently we did not simply laugh off Fiorentina's demand of extra compensation for not ending up with Mohamed Salah for the upcoming season.  Rather than having to potentially deal with a FIFA-led arbitration, sources in Italy are claiming that Chelsea and Fiorentina have opened talks to amicably resolve this situation.  The crux of the matter seems to be the veto power that Salah supposedly held as far as his loan extension was concerned, but Chelsea might be looking to simply make this whole mess go away without really caring about who's right and who's wrong.

...Salah claimed he had power of veto and refused to attend [Fiorentina's] pre-season training.

The Viola argue he missed the deadline for the veto and that the private agreement was not part of the original contract signed by Salah, so is not recognised by the Lega Serie A.

-source: Football Italia

The one thing everyone seems to agree on is that Fiorentina's due a €1m refund for Salah vetoing the new loan.  Any further compensation beyond that is a huge joke — they want more money for having increased Salah's market value in the last six months; do we get to take all the goals he scored for them back in exchange then?

Meanwhile, Salah's back in London and ready to join up with the rest of the Blues preseason cadre.  Or he's possibly off to Inter Milan soon.  In a way, the fun's just begun.

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