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Zamalek to call off Evouna deal to avoid upsetting Wydad fans

Malick Evouna
Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour announced that they wouldn’t acquire the services of striker if it happened to be against the wish of the coach and the fans of the Moroccan club.

Al Ahly and Zamalek have been fighting over the Gabonese striker aiming to get him join their ranks.

“I followed the legitimate ways by asking Said El-Nasery Wydad’s club chairman for the services of Evouna,” Mansour said.

The Whites chairman added that Al Ahly followed an improper path, as they didn’t negotiate with the club’s board directly.

“Al Ahly, however, followed ways similar to those of piracy operations as they negotiated with the player’s agents while ignoring the club’s board who have the player’s contract,” Mansour said.

Mansour asserted that although they have reached an agreement with Wydad chairman and the player, the deal couldn’t be completed as the player’s agent demands were exaggerated.

“We have agreed with Wydad president to get the services of Evouna for $1.8 million, afterwards, the player’s agent said that his fees would be $500,000, which is an exaggeration,” Mansour said.

Mansour added that they would call off the deal if it was against the wish of the coach and the fans of the Moroccan club.

Wydad Casablanca chairman has previously said that he didn’t mind seeing the 22-year-old leave to any of the Egyptian sides, however the move must first be approved by the manager John Toshcak.

“I follow Moroccan news and I know that Wydad’s coach and fans aren’t willing to let Evouna go, I won’t clash with the Moroccan fans in general, and Wydad fans specifically for the sake of a player, even if he will lead my team to win the World Cup,” Mansour concluded.

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