Zamalek's striker Mostafa Mohamed (Photo: Al-Ahram)
Zamalek announced on Thursday that the team's striker Mostafa Mohamed will join Turkish giants Galatasaray on a one-season-and-a-half loan deal, ending speculations concerning the player's future with the club.
"Zamalek finalised the loan of striker Mostafa Mohamed to Galatasaray," read a statement on the club's official website on Thursday.
"Mohamed will be loaned for 18 months for $2 million as the Turkish club have the right to make the loan deal permanent before the end of this year for a further $4 million fee," the statement added.
The player's future represented a headache for Zamalek's board after the 23-year-old urged the club earlier this month to accept the offer of French side Saint Etienne, who reportedly tabled a $5 million offer to lure the striker.
The player fell out of favour with the team's coach Jaime Pacheco, who dropped the player from the squad after the player missed the team's training two times.
After long negotiations, Zamalek decided to end talks with French side after the president of Saint Etienne accused Zamalek officials of asking for kickbacks to facilitate the deal.
With the player insisting to start a European career, Zamalek reopened talks with Saint Etienne earlier this week before accepting his departure to Turkey.
The 23-year-old, who is one of the hottest prospects in Egyptian football, helped Zamalek win the African and Egyptian Super Cups last season. He finished as the 2019 U-23 Africa Cup of Nations top scorer with four goals as the Pharaohs were crowned champions.
He returned to Zamalek in the summer of 2019 after ending a loan spell with Talae El-Gaish. He scored 19 goals and provided four assists in 51 appearances last season.
Mohamed also started the new term in superb fashion, scoring twice in the opening two Egyptian Premier League games before falling out with Zamalek's board over Saint Etienne's bid.
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