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OFFICIAL: Shikabala joins Sporting Lisbon from Zamalek
27-year-old Egypt international midfielder Shikabala has finalized the deal with Sporting Lisbon and has signed a 4-and-a-half year contract with the Lions in the final seconds of the transfer window.
As reported by KingFut.com on Wednesday, Shikabala arrived in Lisbon on Friday afternoon among great media interest and accompanied by Abdelrahman Magdy, his representative in Portugal.
Hours after passing his medical, carried out in a nearby hospital, Shikabala was confirmed as Sporting’s final winter transfer, seconds before the close of the transfer window.
Shikabala finally reached an agreement with Zamalek following much dispute over the fees both the player and his new employers will pay the Whites.
Zamalek demanded Shikabala give up on his late dues owed to him, as well as pay a hefty fee of €500k which, which the club will pay in three installments.
The Egypt international was heavily linked with Turkish side Gaziantepspor over the winter, but eventually rejected the move as he preferred a transfer to a bigger club in Sporting Lisbon, who he has been in negotiations with throughout the week.
The former PAOK and Al Wasl playmaker is expected initially to be a cover for wingers Diego Capel and André Carrillo or in place of Fredy Montero and Islam Slimani, Sporting’s goal scorers.
Despite being one of Egypt’s most renowned players in the country, the offensive midfielder only has 25 caps and one goal for the national team, a probable cause of his attitude, a characteristic which has caused several scuffles with senior staff during his career.
Shikabala will wear the number 7 with the Portuguese giants, who have set a €45 million release clause on his contract.