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EXCLUSIVE | Al Shabab bid for El-Sulaya amidst Ahly, Zamalek interest
With Ismaily president Mohamed Abou El-Soud’s reluctant to sell Amr El-Sulaya to one of the Cairo giants, concrete interest has been shown from Saudi club Al Shabab, KingFut can exclusively reveal.
Both Cairo poles, particularly Zamalek, have been interested in buying the 26-year-old Egypt international from Ismaily, but it looks like it will be another case similar to teammate Hosni Abd-Rabo, who was linked with the clubs for years but instead moved to the Gulf, twice.
KingFut understands that Abou El-Soud had crunch talks with Amr El-Sulaya to confirm his rejection of the player moving to one of the Cairo-based clubs, telling him that his sale or loan will only be to a foreign side.
Following his decision, the president informed El-Sulaya of Al Shabab’s interest in signing him from Ismaily.
Ismaily and Al Shabab have a good relationship regarding player transfers, having sold the 2013/2014 Egyptian Premier League top scorer John Antwi to the Saudi club last January.
El-Sulaya is considered to be one of the best central midfielders in Egypt and has been constantly linked to a move to Europe, most recently with former Egypt boss Bob Bradley, who confirmed his interest in bringing him to Norwegian side Stabæk.
In addition, El-Sulaya previously had a short trial at Spanish La Liga side Villarreal but a move did not materialize, as the Dervishes were reluctant to sell.