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Egypt's Ahly likely to accept Stoke City offer for Ramadan Sobhi

Hatem Maher , Tuesday 5 Jul 2016
Ramadan Sobhi
File photo of Ahly's highly-rated youngster Ramadan Sobhi (Reuters)
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Egyptian giants Ahly are likely to accept a lucrative offer from English Premier League side Stoke City to sign their highly-rated youngster Ramadan Sobhi, local reports suggested on Tuesday.

According to various reports, Sobhi has firmly said he was not willing to stay put amid Ahly's reluctance to offload one of their prized assets who had played a key role in helping them wrestle the Egyptian league title from Cairo rivals Zamalek.

But Stoke have reportedly tabled an improved 6 million euros offer to land the 19-year-old, leaving the Red Devils with little maneuvering options despite their desire to keep hold of the Egyptian international.

"We don't mind letting Ramadan Sobhi depart," Ahly's football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz told FilGoal.com.

"We will let him go if we receive an offer that is suitable for the club and player alike."

Stoke seem to have beaten off competition from Italian side Udinese to lure Sobhi, who came through the youth ranks of Ahly and has quickly become a fan darling.

He has scored five league goals and created eight others as Ahly claimed their ninth league title in 10 seasons, tormenting defenders with his neat footwork and impressive ability to skip past challengers in one-on-one situations.

Sobhi was also instrumental in Egypt's qualification for next year's African Cup of Nations finals for the first time since 2010.

He created a stoppage-time goal for Mohamed Salah when Egypt salvaged a 1-1 draw at Nigeria in March before scoring the solitary goal which earned the Pharaohs a precious 1-0 home win over the Super Eagles few days later, effectively giving them a ticket to the Gabon finals.

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