Amr Zaki, the powerful Egyptian who dominated headlines during his stay with Wigan Athletic, is reportedly heading to Santiago Bernabeu to join world giants Real Madrid.
The fan favorite at JJB Stadium has caught the attention of major clubs like Manchester United, Arsenal, AC Milan, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid.
The 25-year-old joined Wigan in the summer on a season-long loan from Egyptian side Zamalek after a long protracted pursuit by Bruce.
Despite claiming his loyalty to the Latics, Zaki seems to be already breaking his promise to remain with the club that jump-started his European football limelight.
"Over the next few weeks, or however long it takes, we will try and open negotiations with Zamalek and do everything in our power to try and make sure he stays here," said Wigan head coach Steve Bruce.
However, that may not be the case.
The Latics are accepting the fact that Zaki will be lured by one of the top clubs around the world. In effect, Wigan have set out and put an eye on his fellow 25-year-old Egyptian teammate Emad Moteab (pronounced: Met-Eb).
He currently plays for Saudi Arabian giants Al-Ittihad, where he is currently the top scorer in the Saudi Arabian league with six goals in eight games.
Wigan's official Web site reported that General Manager John Benson has been over to Egypt and watched Moteab play for his country in their 5-1 victory over Benin when he scored two goals.
"Moteab`s agent Nader Shawky, who is also Zaki's agent, started negotiations with his original club [Egyptian] Al Ahly for a possible move to Wigan Athletic in January," reported the official website.
Moteab, has always expressed his utmost desire and dream to play in the Premier League. However, he has faced commiserations in the past.
According to Shawky (his agent) two weeks ago, Everton had agreed a deal to sign the Egypt international in the January transfer window.
The fee was thought to be £2m-£3m rising depending on performance and starts. However, Everton manager David Moyes said he was not interested in signing him.
In another instance, Moteab's deal with league one club Bristol city was waved off due to playing his final match with original Egyptian Al-Ahly club against arch rivals Zamalek in the Cairo Derby.
Bristol City officials made it clear that his participation in any game after signing his contract would cause his contract to be immediately terminated.
All Egyptian football fans want to dearly witness this talented striker make a move to the Premier league.
- Believe it or not: He's more talented than Zaki.
- His physical frame is perfect for the Premier league.
- Perhaps his most notable aspect of his game lies in his ability to confuse defenses due to his constant movement. He never stops moving around the 18-yard box.
- Clinical finisher. Period.
- Takes some time to adapt to a certain style of play.
- Will take more time than Zaki to show off his talent completely.
- He was a Bronze Medalist with Al-Ahly at the FIFA Club World Cup 2006.
- Major titles Al-Ahly that include: Two consecutive CAF Champions League titles (2005, 2006) and winner of two consecutive Egyptian Cups.
- Has scored 27 goals in 49 appearance with the Egyptian National Team. Winner of two consecutive African Cup of Nations (2006, 2008).
- Egyptian Premier League Top Goalscorer 2004/05.
- Named the best striker in Africa in 2005.
- Named second-best Striker in Africa in 2006.