Chelsea have accused Fiorentina of ‘extorting’ money during the sale of their former player Mohamed Salah.
Salah recently signed for Liverpool from Fiorentina for a fee of around £34m, after previously spending two frustrating years at Stamford Bridge which ultimately resulted in a move away from Chelsea.
He moved to Fiorentina on a season-long loan, and the Italian club were of the belief that part of the deal included an option to extend the loan for a further season should they desire, however Salah made a permanent move to Serie A rivals Roma the following season.
Chelsea and Salah were ultimately cleared of any wrong doing by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and in doing so denied Fiorentina the rights to £27m worth of compensation, however the ordeal doesn’t seem to be over yet.
A spokesman for Chelsea told the Evening Standard, via Sportsmole: ““Chelsea’s position throughout this case was that Fiorentina had acted in bad faith in bringing a claim which was totally unfounded.
“We are pleased that the CAS panel came to the same conclusion, with Fiorentina’s case rejected in full and costs awarded to Chelsea and the player.
“We look forward to the full decision being published so that everyone can see the lengths that Fiorentina were prepared to go to in order to extort large sums of money from Chelsea and the player.”
Salah failed to make an impact at the Blues after his move from FC Basel, however found his best form at Roma last season, scoring 15 times and recording 11 assists in 31 Serie A appearances, which saw Roma finish runners up in the league behind Juventus.
He now returns to the Premier League and will be hoping to prove his critics wrong by becoming an integral role in Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side.