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Ahly in 'advanced talks' with Huddersfield over permanent move for Ramadan Sobhi

Ahram Online , Tuesday 4 Aug 2020
Ramadan Sobhi
Al Ahly's winger Ramadan Sobhi (Photo: AFP)
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Ahly's football director Sayed Abdel-Hafiz said on Tuesday his side are in advanced talks with Huddersfield to sign winger Ramadan Sobhi on a permanent basis this summer.

The 23-year-old was loaned from Huddersfield to his boyhood club in January 2019 before the Cairo giants decided to renew his loan deal for another season in the summer of the same year after he led the club to a precious league title last term.

"We are in advanced talks with Huddersfield concerning a permanent move for Ramadan Sobhi," Abdel-Hafiz told the club's official website on Tuesday.

"We offered a deal to Huddersfield and the matter would be decided in the coming few days."

Sobhi has already been linked with several clubs, including Italian Serie A side Udinese. However, his agent said there had not been an official move for his client yet.

Sobhi proved a revelation in the early stages of this season, scoring five goals in nine appearances as Ahly made an explosive start to the defence of their Egyptian Premier League title.

Doubts hovered over Sobhi's future with Ahly after his loan spell ended this summer, with the season still at the halfway stage due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Despite his desire to resume his European career, Sobhi left the door open to extend his stay with Ahly.

The Red Devils consider signing him a priority but he may still be unaffordable, with Huddersfield expected to ask for a hefty transfer fee.

Meanwhile, Abdel-Hafiz said that Ahly had made enquiry over the eligibility of Sobhi for the remainder of the season as the Egyptian League will resume on Thursday after around a five-month stoppage due to the pandemic.

Sobhi's one-year loan deal with Ahly ended on 30 June and his legal situation remains unclear.

Holders Ahly, who will face Enppi on Sunday, are on top of the league table with 49 points, 16 points ahead of second-placed Arab Contractors.

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