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Decisive evening in Mostafa Mohamed talks for St Étienne

The saga involving 23-year-old Egyptian international and Zamalek forward Mostafa Mohamed and Ligue 1 side St Étienne rumbles on.

As reported by Eurosport, earlier this week, Turkish giants Galatasaray moved to match a proposal made by Les Verts to sign the attacker.

However, Mohamed went to Zamalek’s offices today to try to convince them to let him join the French club, who have been his personal preference from the start.

The situation appeared to be unblocked this afternoon when ASSE finally gave in to paying the $5m agreed fee in one straight instalment rather than in two. The deal is also expected to include a 20% sell-on percentage fee clause. The player has had a 4.5 year contract agreement with ASSE sorted for weeks, but Les Verts, one of the most economically endangered teams in Ligue 1, have decided to roll the dice on this deal.

It had been thought earlier today that this would be the concession that would allow for the deal to occur, but the Zamalek board is still angry over ASSE co-president Roland Romeyer’s move 10 days ago to threaten them with an ultimatum on Egyptian television and have not yet given the final green light.

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