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Fiorentina call in lawyers over Chelsea winger dispute

Mohamed Salah was in Florence last season. Credit: PA

Fiorentina have called in their lawyers to settle a dispute with on loan Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah.

The former Basle star spent the end of last season on loan in Florence, with the Italian club having a clause to extend his stay in Serie A, but the Egyptian has refused to return to the club.

Salah looks set to leave Stamford Bridge this summer, with both Inter Milana and Roma expressing an interest, but this latest incident has complicated the matter.

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.

– Fiorentina statement

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Chelsea sign striker Falcao on loan

Radamel Falcao has another chance in the Premier League. Credit: PA

Chelsea have confirmed the signing of striker Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco.

The Colombian spent last season with Manchester United, but struggled to make any impact, scoring just four league goals for Louis van Gaal's men.

"I am very happy to be joining Chelsea and can't wait to start training and help with our aim of retaining the league title and being successful in Europe," he told the club's official website.

Arsenal forward given permission to find new club

Arsenal forward Lukas Podolski looks set to leave the Emirates after his agent admitted he'd been given permission to find the German a new club.

Podolski spent a disappointing few months out on loan at Inter Milan at the back end of last season and has been heavily linked with a move to Galatasaray.

Lukas Podolski is off. Credit: PA

"We had good talks with Wenger," Podolski's agent, Nassim Touihri, told German newspaper Bild.

"He wanted to keep Lukas at Arsenal but could not guarantee him a starting position. That's why we agreed to make a transfer."

West Brom in talks over takeover

West Brom could get new owners very soon. Credit: PA

The sale of West Brom has moved a step closer after chairman Jeremy Peace confirmed exclusivity has been granted to one interested party.

Discussions have taken place with several groups after Peace made the decision earlier in the year to offer up his 88 per cent share of the Baggies as he "considered strategic options for the future development and legacy of the club".

Speculation has linked a Chinese consortium with the club but there has been no confirmation of the identity of the party to whom exclusivity has been granted.

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QPR reject £12m offer for star striker Austin

Charlie Austin will almost certainly leave Loftus Road this summer. Credit: PA

Leicester City have had a £12million bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin rejected.

The 25-year-old forward scored 18 Premier League goals for the Rs last season but could not help keep the west London club in the top flight.

Austin, who was in Roy Hodgson's England squad for last month's fixtures with the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia, is entering the final year of his current deal at Loftus Road but QPR are not prepared to lower their valuation of one of their prized assets.

Man City set to complete deal for Turkish starlet

Manchester City will sign Turkish teenager Enes Unal for a fee of £2million from Bursaspor.

The forward, who has one international cap, arrived in Manchester on Thursday and will undergo a medical with the Premier League club, before completing the formalities.

Unal tweeted a photo of his plane ticket to Manchester on Thursday, all but confirming the deal.

Former Chelsea striker joins Chinese side

Gudjohnsen was at Bolton last season. Credit: PA

Iceland's former Barcelona and Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen has joined the growing ranks of internationals moving to the Chinese Super League.

The 36-year-old, who played last season at Bolton Wanderers, signed a deal with mid-table Shijiazhuang Ever Bright, the Xinhua news agency reported on Friday.

Ever Bright are eighth in the standings in their first season in the Chinese top flight.

Chinese Super League clubs have flexed their financial muscle in recent days with Guangzhou Evergrande signing former Spurs midfielder Paulinho, while Shanghai Shenhua bought former Chelsea striker Demba Ba.

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