Egyptian Sobhi Signs
It was a transfer that dragged on a little longer than anticipated, but Ramadan Sobhi is finally a Stoke City player.
The Egyptian winger arrives on a five-year deal for a fee that could rise to €6 million.
His transfer has sparked thousands of his fellow countrymen to adopt Stoke as their new side and we just hope his impact on the pitch is as strong as off it.
Just 19, Sobhi made more than 70 appearances for his old side Al Ahly and his boss in Egypt, Martin Jol, has touted him as “one of the best players and young talents” that he has ever seen.
Whilst the YouTube clips show an extremely talented and skilful player, we must remember that the standard of football in Egypt is not as high as here in England.
That said, there is no doubt there is excitement at his signing. He adds depth to a strong pair of wingers and having successfully completed 92 dribbles this season- almost three times the number Xherdan Shaqiri managed in the same number of games- Sobhi is sure to get supporters on the edge of their seats.
Sobhi becomes the first Egyptian to sign for Stoke and joins fellow ‘Pharaohs’ internationals Ahmed Elmohamady and Mohamed Elneny in the Premier League.
He could actually have become a team-mate of Elneny at Arsenal, after the Gunners registered an interest in Sobhi but, much like most previous matches at the Brit, Stoke won the battle between the two teams.
Sobhi will join up with his new team-mates in Florida later this week and should receive his UK visa over the next 48 hours.
Should all go to plan, Stoke will pencil Sobhi in to make his first appearance against Hamburger SV next month.
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