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Saleh Gomaa: Italian club Torino in talks with ENPPI to sign me
The in-demand 19-year-old Gomaa, who won the MVP at the African Under-20 championship last month, revealed officials from Serie A side Torino arrived in Cairo this week and have been conducting negotiations with ENPPI in order to sign the deep-lying midfielder in the summer.
“Torino officials brought forth an offer to ENPPI to sign me, and are currently waiting for a response from the Petroleum club,” Saleh Gomaa said in a TV interview with Karim Shehata.
“I’m afraid if ENPPI request too high of a transfer fee it might stand as an obstacle that would prevent my move to Italy.”
ENPPI told the Torino officials they would send the financial details on Sunday, although, Saleh Gomaa recalled ENPPI previously requested a transfer fee in the range of €1-2 million when Udinese were interested in signing the highly-rated midfielder in January.
If the price is right, ENPPI chairman Mohamed Badr would not stand in the way of a move abroad for Gomaa, who made his debut for the Petroleum club in 2010, aged just 17 .
“We welcome the notion of letting youngsters move abroad,” ENPPI chairman Badr said earlier this month.
Gomaa previously claimed to have a trial offer from Manchester United, after catching the attention of one of their scouts at the African youth tournament in Algeria.
Torino are currently 15th in Serie A, nine points above the relegation zone.