Salah completes Roma switch

Missed penalty brings down grandstand light

Chelsea midfielder Mohamed Salah has joined AS Roma on a season-long loan, with the option of a permanent transfer.

Salah joined the Blues from Basel for a fee of approximately £11 million in January 2014, but has found first-team action hard to come by, making just 19 appearances since his arrival.

“Chelsea Football Club has agreed terms with AS Roma for the season-long loan of Mohamed Salah,” the Blues said in a statement.

“The winger will spend the 2015-16 campaign on loan at the Stadio Olimpico and the agreement includes an option to purchase at any point during the season.”

The Egyptian is believed to have had a contract in place with Fiorentina, where he spent the second half of last season on loan, but opted against joining the Viola, a decision that has angered Fiorentina president Andrea Della Valle.

Instead the 23-year-old will team up with Roma, who Salah believes can go one better than their runners-up spot last season.

"I think everybody here has ambition and everybody wants to win the title," he told reporters. "That would be good for us and very good for the fans. Everybody will do their best to make the fans happy."

Roma expressed their delight at acquiring the services of Salah, stating on their official website that he is "the best Egyptian player in the world right now".