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Girondins Bordeaux pull the plug on Omar Gaber move
The 23-year-old had a trial at Girondins and was thought to have impressed the staff with his consistent displays.
Following his trial, manager Willy Sagnol gave the green light for a move for the midfielder, who can also operate at right-back, but it seems the club were priced-out of a move.
Girondins staff had a meeting last Tuesday to discuss the offer that was supposed to be sent back to Egypt with the player to present to Zamalek, with their first offer said to be 400,000 euros.
Zamalek refused this offer and so Bordeaux presented an improved offer of 400,000 euros plus 10% of the fee of any future sale of the player, to which the Cairo-based club also refused.
The Egyptian champions informed the French club of their valuation of Gaber, which is approximately three million euros and so it took no time from Bordeaux to make up their mind about signing the player and turning down the move.
Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour told Al Nahar Sport in televised comments on Wednesday: “I will not sell Omar Gaber for an amount less than the value of Abdel-Shafy.”
“Abdel-Shafy was a left-back and moved for that amount, while Gaber is a right-back and can play in more than one position.”
Abdel-Shafy was sold to Al-Ahli Jeddah for €2.5 million (21.8 million EGP) and “two team buses” earlier this summer. This transfer fee made the left-back the Egyptian Premier League’s most expensive Egyptian export in history.
It must be noted that Girondins’ president commented on Omar Gaber, saying that the club will be presented with the answer on Wednesday, to which they found not suitable.