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Official: Abdel-Shafy signs three-year deal with Jeddah’s Al-Ahli
Egypt international left-back Mohamed Abdel-Shafy arrived in Saudi Arabia on Sunday to put pen-to-paper on a permanent three-year deal with Al-Ahli SC following six years with Zamalek.
Abdel-Shafy was loaned out to the same club last season after the continuous stoppages in the Egyptian Premier League, and managed to help Al-Ahli remain unbeaten throughout their league campaign, but just missed out on being crowned champions. The 29-year-old did however help them win the Prince Crown Cup and top their AFC Champions League group, before their elimination in the competition’s round of 16.
According to Zamalek’s president Mortada Mansour, who announced towards the end of May that an agreement was reached, said that the former Ghazl El-Mahalla player had been sold to Ahli Jeddah for $2.5 million and “two team buses”. This transfer fee makes Mohamed Abdel-Shafy one of the Egyptian Premier League’s most expensive Egyptian exports in history, nearing Ahmed Elmohamady’s £2.5 million move from ENPPI to Sunderland in 2011.
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It is worth mentioning that Al-Ahli Jeddah have also inquired about the availability of Zamalek’s star player Ayman Hefny, but the club president made clear that he would not sell him under 40 million EGP, roughly the equivalent of $5.2 million.