Al Ahly turn down Chinese offer for Walid Azaro
Last week, Al Ahly announced that they would be entertaining offers for the Moroccan forward for no less than €10 million. Shortly after, Chinese side Hebei China Fortune made a €8 million bid for Azaro, but Al Ahly rejected it.
In recent days, it looked as if the Moroccan would be on his way out of Egypt after a record breaking season, but Mohamed Fadl, Al Ahly’s director of transfers, has announced that Azaro will remain with the Red Devils.
After the technical staff and the player agreed on the idea of a transfer to the Chinese side, Fadl began to sort out the details of the transfer. It was agreed upon by all parties that Al Ahly would receive €8,600,000 in cash with Al Ahly receiving 15 per cent of any sale thereafter.
However days later, the deal broke down with the Chinese club asking for the transfer to be done in two separate contracts, according to an official statement by Al Ahly.
Hebei China Fortune’s representatives also began to go back on many of the formerly agreed upon clauses. As a result, Al Ahly refused to partake in the “unprofessional business” of the Chinese club and refused to complete Azaro’s transfer.
“The committee has decided to close the window on selling the player and has reported to the technical staff that Walid Azaro will continue with the team for the coming period. All of his focus is with the team and on winning domestic and continental titeles,” Al Ahly stated on their official website.
The Red Devils are currently preparing for the new season in Croatia under the helm of new coach Patrice Carteron. Al Ahly drew 1-1 Olimpjia Ljubljana in their first pre-season friendly and will face FK Krasnodar in their second friendly on Monday. The 40-time league champions were dealt a tough start to the 2018-19 season with back-to-back games against Ismaily and Al Masry in the first two gameweeks.
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