Al Ahly has confirmed that Percy Tau rejected European suitors to complete a transfer that ranks amongst their 10 biggest in the club's illustrious history.
In one of the most high-profile transfers in African football in recent memory, Ahly pulled off a major coup by luring South Africa's attacking talisman from Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.
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Despite receiving offers to return to Belgium with UEFA Europa League participants Royal Antwerp reportedly submitting a bid for his services, Tau opted to move to Egypt which he claims was due to the lure of creating history on the continent.
And the club's contract director Amr Tawfik has confirmed it was one of the hardest negotiations he's been involved in but was made easier by his former Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane.
"Percy Tau deal was extremely difficult, the negotiations with Brighton for a month and a half, and they were asking for a very high price," Tawfik said via Al Ahly TV.
"It was also hard to convince the player to leave the Premier League, but Mosimane helped a lot with that, and at the end, he chose Al Ahly over other offers from Belgium."
The reported R30-million deal places Tau amongst some of the biggest signings to date while the only other South African to have represented the club, Phakamani Mahlambi, narrowly missed out on the top 10.
Mahlambi joined the Club of the Century from the now-defunct Bidvest Wits in September 2017 in a deal worth a reported R17m but spent just one year in Cairo before joining Mamelodi Sundowns in a cut-price R13m deal.