Mohamed Salah will not be returning to Fiorentina this season, according to his agent. With that in mind, the club has released the following statement about the situation on Friday morning:
Following recent developments concerning Mohamed Salah, ACF Fiorentina would like to clarify the following points out of respect for Viola fans.
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.
I'm not sure what legal recourse Fiorentina would have, without seeing the agreement between the player and the club. I have a hard time believing that this will go anywhere, however, though this situation will warrant watching.