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EXCLUSIVE | Stoke City improve bid for Ramadan Sobhi as Al Ahly set to accept record fee
English Premier League side Stoke City look set to finally wrap up a deal for Al Ahly’s Ramadan Sobhi after submitting an improved offer for the player.
KingFut understands the Potters have submitted a bid in the region of €6.5 million for the 19-year-old Egypt national team winger.
Never before has such a fee been agreed between an Egyptian and a foreign club, and Sobhi’s sale would set a new record in this regard should the transfer go through. €6.5 million (approximately 64 million Egyptian pounds) would make Sobhi the league’s most expensive export of all time, smashing the previous record transfer fee from Ahmed Elmohamady’s £2.5 million move to Sunderland from ENPPI.
The Red Devils – led by Martin Jol – have been stubborn in their negotiations with Stoke ever since the Potters expressed their interest almost three months ago and were reluctant to allow their starlet leave.
Jol previously expressed his annoyance with Stoke’s initial bid for Ramadan Sobhi, which was believed to be in the region of €3.5 million, referring to it as ‘peanuts’. “I think he’s not ready yet because they don’t know him there, if people would know him, they would offer us 15 or 20 million euros not the peanuts [they’re offering].”
With the bid from Stoke City now improved, KingFut understands that Al Ahly are expected to finally accept the offer to part ways with the upcoming Egyptian star.
In regards to obtaining a work permit in the UK, a source has confirmed to KingFut that Stoke have no plans to loan out Sobhi as parties involved believe there’s a ‘good chance’ it will be granted, even without going through an appeal process. It must be noted however that previous Egyptian internationals had to appeal in order to obtain the work permit.
Any announcements regarding the transfer are set to be made after the conclusion of the Cairo Derby on Saturday night, in what will be the winger’s final match with the Red Devils, who have already claimed the Egyptian Premier League this season, although the club might prefer to wait until their CAF Champions League match against Morocco’s Wydad later this month.