Celtic made bid for versatile Olympian but he prefers African stay

By John McGinley

July 3, 2021

Celtic made an attempt to sign versatile defender Karim Fouad, but the player wanted to stay in Egypt, his club president Mohamed El Tawila has said.

Fouad is a rising star in Egypt. He’s been included in the country’s squad for the upcoming Olympic games in Tokyo.

With Benfica also showing interest, a move to Europe beckons one day. However, he’s determined that would all be too soon for him right now.

As quoted by The Daily Record, Nagoom president El Tawila said: “Celtic of Scotland made an offer to buy the player, but his preference was to move to Al Ahly. He also had an offer to go to Benfica on trial.

“The transfer is completed and he will join Al Ahly after they play Kaizer Chiefs in the African Champions League Final later this month.”

Meanwhile, his agent John Edward said: “Karim was on the radar of many European clubs, but he has made it clear he wants to sign for Al Ahly.”

Fouad has made 60 appearances in the Egyptian Premier League already, despite being just 21. He has played in a variety of positions on both flanks of the field, with most of his games coming at left-back.

Clearly that’s a position that the Bhoys are looking to strengthen this summer after the exit of Diego Laxalt.

Fouad won’t be arriving in Glasgow, but the comments do demonstrate that Celtic really are casting the transfer net far and wide this summer.

That’s something that Ange Postecoglou has already promised supporters.

We could be getting a few left-field signings over the coming weeks.

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