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Zamalek’s Mohamed Ibrahim set for Málaga move – Marca
Málaga, who were on the verge of signing Mohamed Ibrahim in the summer, are now contemplating on which foreign player to dispense of in order to make room for the Zamalek starlet’s imminent arrival in January, according to Spanish paper Marca.
German coach Bernhard Schuster may have to decide which of Brazilian Weligton, Panamanian Chen or Chilean Pedro Morales – the three Málaga players with foreign passports – to drop from the squad if Ibrahin is to finally wear the blue and white vertical stripes.
However, Marca reports both Weligton and Pedro Morales have both applied for Spanish passports, but the process may not be complete before the end of the winter transfer window.
La Liga side are said to have offered Zamalek approximately €200,000 to sign the playmaker on a six-month deal, with the option to make his move to the Costa del Sol permanent for €2 million.
21-year-old Ibrahim, who would be the only Egyptian in La Liga, stated his eagerness to leave Zamalek on more than one occasion, and his dream move to the Spanish side would have already been a reality if it wasn’t for poor negotiations from former White Knights’ chairman Mamdouh Abbas – who turned down a €400,00 bid from Málaga to loan Ibrahim in the summer.
The Cairo club said on their official website today that coach Helmy Toulan informed the newly-hired board that any foreign offers for Mohamed Ibrahim or Omar Gaber – who is being courted by Ligue 1 side Valenciennes – would be welcomed.
Newly-appointed chairman Darwish said last month: “Winning the Egypt Cup this season would be a means to let Mohamed Ibrahim and Omar Gaber go abroad.” And indeed, Zamalek went on to win their 22nd Egypt Cup against Wadi Degla to end a 5-year trophy drought.
Ibrahim previously said he is willing to agree to sign a one-year contract extension with the White Knights to force through a move to Málaga.
The Egypt international developed into a Zamalek star under former coach Jorvan Viera, scoring 5 and assisting 4 goals before the league was suspended due to the political turmoil in the country.
Ibrahim and Gaber have been relegated to the bench under new manager Helmy Toulan, who has preferred 33-year-old Ahmed Eid and club icon Shikabala over the starlet.
The Whites have also recently signed attacking midfielder Momen Zakaria and are reportedly interested in El Gaish playmaker Ayman Hefny.