Turkish side chasing Pharaohs defender

Turkish Super Lig side Kasimpasa are trying to sign Ismaily and Egypt defender Baher Elmohamady, according to the player’s agent.

Elmohamady, 23, is Ismaily through and through. He was born in Ismaila in 1996 and played for their youth teams from a child before reaching the senior team in 2015. He currently captains The Brazilians of Egypt.

He continued to make strides with Ismaily and established himself as one of the best defenders in the Egyptian Premier League, earning a spot on the national team.

According to his Tamer Al-Nahas, Ismaily are the deciding factor in the deal: “Kasimpasa wanted to send an offer to Ismaily but I told them that it was necessary to first know Ismaily’s stance on selling him.” 

Ismaily, who have notoriously ended other clubs’ interest in their players with outrageous transfer requests, have reportedly put a 200 million EGP ($12.6m) price tag on the Egypt international.

He made his first appearance for the Egyptian national team against Niger in 2018 and has since made a total of eight appearances for the senior team. He was also a member of Egypt’s squad for the most recent AFCON.

The 23-year-old has previously stated his intentions to play abroad and has claimed to have received from Greece, Belgium and England after being close to joining Emirati side Al-Ain on loan earlier in the summer but the move never materialised. 

Kasimpasa holds good experiences with Egyptians in recent years, with the Istanbul-based club signing Mahmoud Trezeguet from Anderlecht before selling him for a hefty fee to Aston Villa last summer.

They also loaned full-back, Karim Hafez, for a season in 2019. 

According to the player’s agent, Kasimpasa also consulted Trezeguet about a move for Elmohamady who offered a glowing review of his Pharaohs team-mate.