• Transfers: Ahly to stick with Moroccan striker Azaro after move to China falls through

    Egyptian champions Ahly announced on Monday that striker Walid Azaro won’t be leaving this summer after a deal for the Moroccan international to join Chinese club Hebei China Fortune F.C fell through.

    Despite the reported lucrative 9,5-million Euros offer, Ahly and their Chinese counterparts failed to agree on some details; with the Cairo giants blaming the buyers of being unprofessional.

    “The file of selling Azaro won’t be discussed anymore as the talks with the Chinese club showed many unprofessional things far of Ahly’s rules,” Ahly’s contracting manager Mohamed Fadl explained in a statement via the club’s official website.

    “Upon the player’s request, the football committee decided to start the negotiations and we already reached an agreement over the deal’s value (8,6 million Euros).

    “Surprisingly and unprofessionally, the Chinese club retreated many of the terms that we agreed before so the football committee decided to stop the negotiations and to inform the technical staff that the player won’t be leaving the summer,” the statement concluded.

    The 23-year old Azaro has been one of Ahly's key players since joining in the summer of 2017 from Moroccan side Difaa El Jadida, enjoying a debut season to remember and establishing himself as the most deadly marksman in Egyptian football.

    He became the highest scoring foreigner in a single season in the Egyptian Premier League's history after netting 18 goals to power Ahly to a third consecutive league title.

    Despite his outstanding performances with Ahly, Azaro did not make Morocco's final cut for the World Cup finals in Russia; where they were eliminated from the first round.

    Now under the guidance of new coach Patrice Carteron, Ahly will be hoping to keep the prolific striker, having become dependent on his pace and finishing skills.

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  • Transfers: Karim El Ahmadi joins Saudi Al-Ittihad

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and Feyenoord midfielder Karim El Ahamdi (33) has joined Saudi Al-Ittihad on a two-year deal.

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  • Transfers: Juve to offer Benatia extension

    By Football Italia

    Juventus will offer defender Mehdi Benatia a contract extension and could turn to Diego Godin if he refuses, according to Tuttosport.

    The Moroccan international made 32 appearances in all competitions for the Old Lady last season, scoring four goals.

    He has been linked with a move away from the Turin club this summer, amid rumours the Serie A champions would be prepared to sell him for around €20m.

    However, the Italian sports daily claims the Bianconeri have had a change of heart and now want the 31-year-old to extend his stay with the club.

    Benatia joined Juve in 2016 and has two years remaining on his current deal.

    Should Benatia not sign, Tuttosport say the Old Lady will turn their attentions to signing Uruguayan centre-back Godin from Atletico Madrid.

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  • Transfers: Ziyech can forget Roma move for the moment

    AS Roma technical director Monchi has dismissed speculation that the club are close to signing Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech.

    The Italian side has been heavily linked with the Moroccan midfielder, who was said to have already agreed personal terms on a deal with Roma.

    However, at a press conference, Monchi stated, “I have always loved him, but at the moment we do not need players for his position, I can never say it with 100 percent certainty, but that’s the situation”

    Roma recently signed Javier Pastore, who may be seen as their alternative to Ziyech.

    At the moment, Ziyech remains an Ajax player and may be available for their Champions League qualifier with Sturm Graz later this month.

    http://www.football-oranje.com/ziyech-can-forget-roma-move-for-the-moment/

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  • Transfers: Badr Boulahroud opens the 18/19 season of signings for Málaga CF

    (Malaga CF) The midfielder, African champion with the Morocco national team, becomes the first Blue and Whites’ reinforcement, signing for three seasons.

    Badr Boulahroud (Rabat, Morocco, 21/04/1993) plays in midfield and has developed his career with historic side FUS Rabat Batola Maroc Telecom, in Morocco’s First Division.

    Career

    A creative midfielder of 1’78 metres in height, he made his debut five seasons ago with FUS Rabat, and has been a key player with Morocco in recent seasons. He stands out for his good work with the ball and can perform as both pivot and playmaker.

    International

    Boulahroud is an international with Morocco and was proclaimed Africa Cup champion with his national team in January.

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  • Transfers: Getafe sign Moroccan Abou

    By Football Espana

    Getafe have completed the signing of highly-rated midfielder Ayoub Abou from Rayo Majadahonda, it has been confirmed.

    Los Azulones have announced the signing of the 20-year-old, who was formerly part of the youth systems at both Barcelona and Porto.

    Abou made 35 Segunda B appearances with Rayo last season, scoring twice, and helping propel the side into Spain’s second tier.

    The Moroccan youth international becomes the fifth signing of the summer at Getafe following deals for Jaime Mata, Sergi Guardiola, Leandro Chichizola and Oswaldo Alanis.

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  • Transfers: Madrid's Achraf Hakimi to Dortmund

    By Football Espana

    Real Madrid are set to sanction a two-year loan deal for defender Achraf Hakimi to join Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.

    Marca follow up on a report in German outlet Bild that states the Moroccan international is set to leave the European champions in a similar deal which took James Rodriguez to Bayern Munich last summer.

    Hakimi, 19, is primarily a right-sided defender who can also play in the heart of the defence and he has already amassed 13 caps for Morocco, including all three group matches at this summer’s World Cup.

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  • Transfers: Al-Ahly accept Morocco striker Walid Azaro sale to China for €10 million

    (Goal.com) The Moroccan forward became the first foreigner to top-score in the Egyptian Premier League last season, when he netted 18 goals for Al-Ahly

    Egyptian giants Al-Ahly have approved the transfer of Moroccan striker Walid Azaro to Chinese Super League side Hebei China Fortune, pending agreement on the transfer fee.

    Azaro scored 18 league goals last season to claim the league’s Golden Boot but was agonisingly dropped from Herve Renard’s final World Cup squad.

    After joining Al-Ahly from Moroccan side Difaa El Jadida on a four-year deal in the 2017 summer, Azaro saw his stock rise in his debut Egyptian Premier League season, inviting a big Chinese move.

    Al-Ahly have placed a €10 million price tag on him, having rebuffed Hebei Fortune’s initial €8 million bid and an improved €9.5 million one.

    “Coach Patrice Carteron and his technical staff agreed to let Azaro join the Chinese club … but the football committee said he would not be sold unless the offer reached 10 million euros. Accordingly, Ahly have sent a letter to the Chinese side to inform them of the price tag,” Al-Ahly said in a statement.

    If the deal sails through, Azaro would become the most expensive Al-Ahly transfer, eclipsing Gabonese striker Malick Evouna’s $8 million 2016 move to another Chinese club, Tianjin Teda from the Cairo giants.

    Azaro is currently in pre-season camp with Al-Ahly in Croatia. By leaving the Egyptian club, Azaro would send the Egyptian giants on a desperate hunt for his replacement following the shortage of potent strikers in the Egyptian Premier League.

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  • Transfers: Watford sign Morocco-born Adam Masina

    News landing from England is that Morocco’s Adam Masina is set to start his football career in England after signing for Watford.

    The Morocco-born player is set for a new adventure in the English Premier League after saying goodbye to the Italian Serie A.

    Masina has joined the EPL side on a five-year deal and becomes the latest addition to Javi Gracia’s squad.

    On the other hand, he becomes the fourth signing of the summer after Gerard Deulofeu, Marc Navarro and Ben Wilmot.

    The 24-year-old has spent most of his time in Italy playing for Bologna and was loaned out to Giacomense in the 2013/14 season.

    Moreover, the left back was named the Serie B Footballer of the Year in 2015 after helping the Red and Blues secure promotion to the Italian top-flight in the same year.

    According to reports, the defender is still eligible to play for the Atlas Lions after making six appearances for Italy’s U21 side.

    https://africanfootball.com//news/753185/Watford-sign-Morocco-born-Adam-Masina

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  • WC 2030: Algeria, Tunisia consider joining Morocco in future World Cup bid

    (Reuters) - Algeria and Tunisia are consider joining Morocco in a joint North African bid to host the 2030 World Cup, government officials said.

    Morocco last month lost out to a joint North American bid in the vote for the 2026 finals and immediately signalled its intention to try again, despite having bid five times and come up short each time.

    “Algeria will study a possible candidacy of the Maghreb countries for the organisation of the World Cup,” Algeria sports minister Mohamed Hattab told reporters.

    “An application from the Maghreb with Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia can be achieved through existing infrastructure as well as future projects.

    “When we look at our cities, with the sporting and cultural facilities present, we are able to consider that we can host major world events,” he said.

    Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay last year launched a three-nation South American bid to host the 2030 tournament, seeking to mark the centenary of the first World Cup, hosted by Uruguay in 1930.

    There have also been hints about a British bid, with the Football Association holding talks last month with the other home nations about the possibility of joining forces, according to reports.

    Morocco and Tunisia played at the World Cup in Russia but were eliminated at the group stage, while Algeria reached the second round in Brazil four years ago.

    A FIFA vote to decide the 2030 hosts is not expected before 2022, when the World Cup is headed to Qatar.

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