Mohamed Salah's transfer saga is set to be concluded after the agent of the Chelsea winger, Ramy Abbas Issa, confirm the player will be flying to Roma on Wednesday 29 July ahead of his imminent move to the Serie A side.
The 23-year-old Egyptian winger spend the second part of last season on loan at Fiorentina after Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho sent him on loan to the Viola on deadline day during the last January transfer window as part of the £23.3m deal that saw Juan Cuadrado move in the opposite direction.
But his future has been under scrutiny in recent weeks after he refused to return to Stadio Artemio Franchi despite the club exercising an option with the Blues to extend the six-month loan deal to the 2015-16 campaign.
Inter Milan, Juventus and Roma have since been linked with his services, while Mourinho recently claimed he has no future at Stamford Bridge next season – with Eden Hazard, Willian, Cuadrado, Bertrand Traore and Victor Moses ahead of him in the pecking order.
"He doesn't belong to my squad and he's not staying here. The important thing is that he plays like he did at Fiorentina, so [I'm] happy with him going on a loan. Italian football is difficult football to play, especially for attacking players. So if it's not Fiorentina it's Roma or Inter or Juve – I don't know. Maybe he has a loan," Mourinho was quoted as saying by Goal.
Reports in Italy claimed the winger was expected to be loaned to Roma for €2m with a €21m (£14.8m, $23.1m) option to make the move permanent at the end of the season.
Salah's agent has confirmed the move is about to happen but revealed the final deal will exceed that figure as the loan will include the obligation to buy the player – meaning his future at the Blues is over.
Questioned if the player will be joining the Roma squad this week, he said to KingFut.com: "Sure, after the results of the medical are concluded, they can take one to two days."
And asked if a €2m loan move with a €21m option to make the move permanent was the correct fee, Abbas responded: "No, the fee would be higher than that. Furthermore, Salah will only accept a loan where the club has an obligation to buy him, not an 'option' to buy him."
Meanwhile, Abbas Issa has claimed Fiorentina's decision to take legal action against the player for refusing to remain at the Viola one further season are baseless. He said: "Fiorentina have been threatening with legal action but it is completely baseless and without any grounds."