Saudi Arabia's Ittihad renews loan deal for Zamalek winger Kahraba

Ahram Online , Wednesday 28 Jun 2017

After an outstanding performance in the Saudi league last season, The international player will remain with Ittihad another term


Saudi Arabia's Ittihad Jeddah officially announced on Wednesday that they are renewing a loan deal for Zamalek's in-form winger Mahmoud Kahraba for another season.

"Kahraba's loan spell at Ittihad was officially renewed for another season," the Saudi club announced in a statement without disclosing the financial details.

However, Zamalek chairman Mortada Mansour said Kahraba signed a loan deal with Ittihad for $2.3 million.

The 23-year-old, who is also one of the Egyptian national team's key players, produced a series of impressive displays for the Jeddah-based club last season, scoring 16 goals in the Saudi league.

He also netted the goal that won Ittihad the Crown Prince Cup, beating Al Nassr 1-0 in March.

Ittihad sought to extend Kahraba’s loan deal after the season end, with the player himself saying that his priority was to play abroad.

Early in May, Zamalek president Mortada Mansour announced that he would only send Kahraba on a season-long loan in return for $5 million, and set a $15 million price tag on the player’s head for a permanent switch.

After failing to reach an agreement over the asking price, Mansour suddenly announced on 6 June that Kahraba, whose five year deal with Zamalek expires in 2020, would remain at the Cairo club, making Wednesday's announcement an about-face. 

Kahraba, who helped take Zamalek to the domestic double in his first season after joining from Enppi in 2015, moved to Jeddah on loan in the summer of 2016 in return for $1,200,000.

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