Crystal Palace are planning to scout striker Mostafa Mohamed this weekend with Galatasaray expected to demand around £22 million for the Egypt international, as reported by HaberTurk.
Despite landing Jean-Philippe Mateta from Mainz during the January transfer window, Palace will be back in the market for a new number nine over the summer.
Christian Benteke, Michy Batshuayi and Connor Wickham are all expected to depart after all, leaving Mateta as the only centre-forward in Roy Hodgson’s already goal-shy squad.
That could change, however, if Mohamed arrives at Selhurst Park from the Turkish league leaders.
Galatasaray signed the Giza-born schemer on loan from Zamalek two weeks ago.
According to Sabah, the giants of Istanbul are already planning to trigger the option-to-buy clause in Mohamed’s contract, before slapping a £22 million price-tag on his head.
That is how highly they rate him.
“He is a prolific goal scorer and he will keep improving in the Turkish League. I expect him to join one of the top leagues in Europe soon,” said Egypt Olympic team head coach Shawki Gharib.
“He reminds me of Mo Salah when he started his career with Basel in Switzerland.”
Interestingly, the 23-year-old Mohamed came very close to joining Rangers not so long ago.
His agent told the Daily Record that Gers boss Steven Gerrard was very keen, only for Zamalek to rebuff his advances.