Egyptian Premier League side Al Ahly are reportedly looking to snatch Al-Ahli Saudi and Algeria star Youcef Belaïli.
Algerian newspaper ‘Competition’ claims that Belaïli has refused to return to KSA after the league stopped due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Belaïli is one of Africa’s most prized talents after an impressive stint with Espérance Sportive de Tunis and his performance with the Algeria national team in their triumphant 2019 Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Al Ahly of Egypt seeks to sign the 28-year-old player as the reports suggest the player’s father has already been in contact with the Red Devils in order to start negotiations with the Saudi club.
Despite the previous disagreement between the Ahly and the Saudi giants over the value of Abdullah Al-Saeed’s transfer in 2017 – they are said to be ready to start negotiating the sale of the mercurial talent
Tariq Kayal, general supervisor of Al-Ahli Saudi recently admitted to Waleed Al Farraj on a local television station: “Youcef Belaïli’s file is complicated and according to what I heard from the coach.
“He told me that this player is not serious and we do not care about the name of the player, but we need a strong player and a fighter.”
The transfer fee is currently unknown, however, he is believed to be valued at around €4-million.
It’s been claimed that Belaïli expressed discomfort in Saudi Arabia, despite his large salary and that he is ready to take a pay-cut in order to secure a move back to Europe.
The 28-year-old won seven major titles with the EST over two separate stints including two consecutive CAF Champions League winners medals between 2017 and 2019.