By Ameenu Shardow
Zamalek are preparing themselves to make an offer to Berekum Chelsea for their leading striker Emmanuel Clottey.
The 24-year-old was at his lethal best when he hit an impressive hat trick in Chelsea’s 3-2 win over the Egyptian giants in the opening group fixture of the Caf Champions League last weekend.
His eye-catching performance at the Accra Sports Stadium has got several clubs scrambling for his services of which Zamalek are prepared to break the bank for.
“We are ready to pay $1m to the club and a half million dollars every year for Emmanuel Clottey,” Zamalek Board Member Ibrahim Yusif told Kumasi-based Angel FM.
“He is a good player and he scored three against us. So I will be discussing with the Board and I am sure we will make the offer.”
Though the annual remuneration for the player appears good, the initial offer of $1m falls below Chelsea’s expectation as the player is reported to cost in the region of $4m.
It also unclear whether the Champions League maiden campaigners are ready to sell off their lethal weapon especially with their ambition of making it to the latter stages of the competition.
Clottey who has had stints with Austrian club Wacker Inssbruck currently leads the goalscoring charts of the Champions League have scored nine goals in five games.