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Al Ahly’s Nasser Maher becomes transfer target for Udinese, Villarreal – Report

Al Ahly's Nasser Maher becomes transfer target for Udinese, Villarreal – Report


European sides and  are interested in signing Al Ahly young midfielder , according to France Football.

The 21-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan at Petrojet and Smouha, before returning to his parent club this season, starting Al Ahly’s two opening games against Ismaily and Al Masry.

And according to France Football, Maher could be on the move again, as Udinese, Villarreal, and several Ligue 1 clubs are intent on signing the Egyptian starlet.

Nasser Maher is not the first Al Ahly youngster to be wanted by Udinese, as Ahmed Hamdi was so close to signing for the Italian side after a trial, but the deal fell through.

Photo: Al Ahly SC

Meanwhile, Villarreal invited Nasser Maher to spend a 10-day trial period last year, and even approached Al Ahly to sign the midfielder, but both teams couldn’t reach an agreement.

Maher, whose contract runs out in 2021, has made only three appearances for Al Ahly since being promoted to the first team, but is expected to be a key player for the Red Devils this season.

He has played 60 games for both Smouha and Petrojet, scoring two goals and registering five assists across all competitions.

Maher has also played a vital role in guiding Smouha to the Egypt Cup final last season, which they lost to Zamalek on penalties.



  1. Mohamad

    August 8, 2018 at 6:24 PM

    Let him go please. Its not just in the best interest of the national team it will also help Ahly and Zamalek in the long run. The more players we send there the more established Egypt becomes which means that clubs in europe will play higher fees. For example, if Hegazi was from Columbia his price to EPL would have been 15 million not 5 million because Egyptians are unproven commodities in europe and his options would have certainly been better than West Brom. The additional money will allow clubs to improve their academies and build better players for more money. With Saudi, UAE and Kuwait all making/about to make investments in the league and with the 100 million people we have there is no reason we can’t become the Portuguese league of Africa. The club that gathers the best talent from the continent (south america for them, africa for us) and then sells them to European teams for huge profits.

    • Mark

      August 8, 2018 at 10:56 PM

      History shows that they won’t sell him. Here what is more likely to happen:
      They Ahly board will study the offer and then say they are not willing to let him go because of all the strong tournaments they are playing this season like the Arab championship.
      So he stays awaiting to play regularly, but he will get like 5 or 6 starts and few sub appearances and does well. So next season should be his big break. Unfortunately Ahly buys some more senior player in his position and benches him and then plays less than the season before. At the end of next season it will go one of 3 ways:1. He goes to the gulf, 2: he gets benched or 3. If he is lucky he gets loaned out locally and has some sort of career. He eventually gets sold for next to nothing to another Egyptian team and has his breakthrough in the league and national team at the age of 27, 28.

      This tends to be a more likely career pathway for a talented Ahly or Zamalek youngster unfortunately, and then we wonder why we did badly at the world cup or why we are not making it to the world cup or try and workout: “whatever happened to that talented generation”.

      • Mohamad

        August 9, 2018 at 1:24 AM

        Historically you are right but Ramadan Sobhi being allowed to leave at 18 when he was Ahly’s most famous player gives me hope that times are changing. The introduction of Turki el shaikh and other Gulf investors will force ahly and zamalek to look towards developing these players and selling them to europe for big profits in order to stay competitive with the money of the gulf owned clubs. Salah, Elmohamady, Elneny and even Sobhi are paving the way for Egyptian players in Europe as professional reliable players without the headaches. The previous generation with Mido, Zaki, Zidan, Ghaly made a very bad impression for egyptians who were rightfully viewed as self centered hot heads which detered European clubs from looking at our players. Things are changing in terms of Ahly and zamalek being forced to compete with richer clubs and the opportunities to sell to european teams are greater. We also went from a country of 75 million to 100 million in 20 years, the talent pool is bigger now.

        • Mark

          August 9, 2018 at 2:39 PM

          I get your point, but I am still sceptical. We will see in the next few days I guess.

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