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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

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.


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.

Cech sends letter to Chelsea fans ahead of Arsenal move

Petr Cech has written an open letter to Chelsea fans ahead of his move to Arsenal.

The Czech goalkeeper thanked the club for their support over the last 11 years and Roman Abramovich's understanding in allowing him to join another Premier League club.


Turan willing to leave Atletico Madrid with Chelsea ready to make move for winger

Turan could be heading to the Premier League. Credit: PA

Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan has revealed that his agent is listening to offers for him to leave this summer.

Turan's representative said last week that his client wanted a move to the Premier League and that three top English clubs had made bids for his services.

Reports in the Spanish press have claimed that the Turkey international is negotiating with Chelsea and Manchester United.

Turan tweeted: "The transfer rumours are not entirely correct.

"My agent is currently in touch with three or four clubs.

"I will update you all if a deal is made."

The 28-year-old has two years left on his contract with Atletico.

Outside of England, he has been strongly linked with Paris St Germain and Barcelona.

Man City boss: Mourinho just wants to take credit

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini believes Jose Mourinho main aim is to take credit for all of Chelsea's successes.

The Chilean says he was far more restrained than the Chelsea manager, who took the Premier League title last season.

Manuel Pellegrini chose his words about Jose Mourinho carefully. Credit: PA

Pellegrini told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio: “When he wins, Mourinho wants to take credit for everything. I never do that.

“When I won the Premier League, I didn’t say a word. I don’t have any problem with Mourinho, he’s not my enemy and there isn’t any conflict – but I differ from him on all fronts. I have no interest in analysing him as a person.”

Chelsea teenager takes on Mourinho criticism

Reuben Loftus-Cheek knows he will have to work hard to become a permanent fixture in the Chelsea team.

The teenager was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho for his lack of work during a post-season friendly with Sydney.

Reuben Loftus-Cheek has high hopes. Credit: PA

"I listened to what the manager said and I wasn't at the level. I need to do better if I want to play for Chelsea," the 19-year-old said.

"For me, that is a reminder that I have to work hard to get in the team. I just need to do my best, work hard and do my best."

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