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Arab Contractors forward Farouk suggested as Salah successor to FC Basel
The Mountain Wolves’ board of directors was asked by FC Basel last week to suggest a few players in an effort to replace Salah, who penned a 5-and-a-half year contract with Chelsea earlier this week for a reported fee of £11 million – which could rise to up to 16 million with bonuses.
24-year-old Mohamed Farouk, who has scored 4 goals and assisted once in his 5 games with Arab Contractors this season – including a goal against Egyptian giants Al Ahly on Thursday – has been suggested by the board of directors to FC Basel.
The Egyptian forward revealed to Nile Sports after his team’s 2-1 win over Al Ahly today: “FC Basel have asked [the board of directors] for a number of players as candidates for Salah’s replacement.”
“The Arab Contractors chairman has suggested me among other players to Basel after they asked him for that [suggesting Salah’s replacement],” he said.
The player added: “It will be a trial offer, it’s my wish to continue after that and be successful.”
Commenting on whether there are ongoing negotiations between him and Al Ahly, he stated: “No one talked to me about that matter.”
With the Arab Contractors treasury refilled from Salah’s transfer to Chelsea, as they received 25% from the transfer fee paid to Basel, chairman Sherif Habib said that he refuses to sell any of his players to Al Ahly or Zamalek.
Sherif Habib is also thinking about offering some of the talented players within his team to other European clubs following the recently successful Salah deal.
If Mohamed Farouk is to transfer to FC Basel, the Mountain Wolves will not be face much deficiency in the attacking third as they possess a large group of talented young attackers who have all played splendidly throughout the current season.
Some of the standout performers so far include Mohamed Rizk, Mohamed Farouk, Mohamed Salem and Bassem Ali, with the latter being previously linked with Swiss champions Basel.