According to Al Ahly News, Al Ahly manager Marcel Koller is “refusing” to consider selling star midfielder Mohamed “Afsha” Magdy despite continuing links to Celtic for the Egypt international.
Prior to Jools Holland starting his piano on New Year’s Eve last year, Ange Postecoglou’s team signed three players: Daizen Maeda, Reo Hatate, and Yosuke Ideguchi.
Two pre-Hootenanny deals have already been completed after a year. After performing well for Canada at the World Cup in Qatar, Alistair Johnston agreed to a £3 million transfer, joining Yuki Kobayashi, a former Vissel Kobe center-back who was also imported from the J-League.
Afsha’s agent, Maher Nawfal, told Football Scotland over the weekend that Celtic had shown interest in the midfielder before stating that his team will “take time to consider what is best for Afsha.”
Ahmed Schubert, a former goalkeeper for Egypt who is now a reporter, insists that “no official offer” has yet been made.
“The truth is that Muhammad Magdy Afsha has no official offers to obtain his services from Celtic,” Schubert says.
“The management of Al-Ahly Club has not received any offers in the past few days. And what is published in this context is incorrect.”
Thus, Celtic’s interest seems to be in its infancy. Perhaps at some point, but as things stand, no offer has been made. Coach Koller of Al Ahly, on the other hand, is determined to reject any potential approaches that may be made to him between now and February.
According to reports, Koller told the Al Ahly executives that Afsha still plays a significant role in his plans and urged the team not to sell under any circumstances.
Afsha, a stylish attacking midfielder with a price tag of around £4 million, can also play wide on the right. He contributed five assists in addition to 10 goals as Al Ahly won the Asian Champions League in 2021/22.
“The best player in Egypt for me is Mohamed Magdy Afsha,” former Pyramid FC coach Ante Cacic says.
“I watched his goal and watched the (Asian) Champions League final. He’s a great player who had a great influence on the match and links (play) well between the lines.
“He is a wonderful player and has a great influence on Al Ahly’s performances.”