Sunday Jan 17, 2021. 10:00
Egyptian giants Zamalek have threatened French Ligue 1 club Saint-Etienne with a lawsuit over allegations of kick-backs in the failed transfer of Mostafa Mohamed.
The 23-year-old forward looked set for a move to the French side, but the transfer fell through when Saint-Etienne president Bernard Caïazzo claimed that Zamalek representatives demanded a commission for the move.
This allegation has angered the White Knights, who pulled out of negotiations and have threatened legal action.
“Mostafa Mohamed’s deal was close to completion and hinged on small details. But the statements of Saint Etienne’s president turned the tables and it was natural for Zamalek to take a stand that preserves the dignity of the club,” the club’s spokesperson, Essam Salem, told Sada El-Balad TV, as quoted by KingFut.
“The Saint-Etienne president [is] blackmailing us. We are now asking him to reveal the names of the people he threatens to mention.
“The negotiations took place in the presence of eight people and with official and documented letters. Zamalek’s reaction was strong because what was said was unjust and slanderous, and we will file a lawsuit if he doesn’t reveal the names.
“Mostafa Mohamed is completely understanding and sent a message to the Zamalek management today and told them: I have your back. He is a product of Zamalek and it is impossible for him to play for a team that offended the club.
“We had agreed on the fee, $5m, but the dispute was in our desire to get the full amount right away. While Saint-Etienne wanted to pay a part now and the rest in one year.
“We wanted to get the full amount to use it to buy a player or two in the winter transfer window.”
The fallout with Saint-Etienne does not mean Mohamed will be staying put in Cairo, as other offers for him are on the table, with Turkish club Galatasaray now looking the favourites to secure his services.