Turki denies involvement in Sirino saga

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Former Pyramids owner Turki Al-Sheikh has distanced himself from Al Ahly's failed pursuit of Gaston Sirino from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Sundowns announced that negotiations with the Red Devils have been 'terminated' after failing to agree on a transfer fee for the Uruguayan playmaker.

Reports soon emerged in Egyptian media that Al-Sheikh, the former honorary president of The Club of the Century, had funded a potential bid for Sudanese giants Al-Hilal, where he was announced in the same capacity this week.

The Saudi billionaire has endured a tumultuous relationship with Ahly since ending the relationship and investing heavily into Pyramids between 2018 and 2019 in order to challenge their dominance in Egypt.

However, having sold the club to purchase Spanish outfit Almeira, he has claimed that he has no intention to interfere in the transfer dealings in North Africa.

"Regarding Egypt, I am totally out of the scene in football. I have my own European club and I am fully focused on it," he said via his official Facebook account, as per KingFut.

"I have nothing to do with Al Ahly failing to sign Sirino and I never interfered in the deal nor tried to alter its course to Al-Hilal."

The 27-time Sudanese champions confirmed to Yallakora on Tuesday that no bid was launched for Sirino but stopped short of denying the technical team's interest in the 29-year-old.

Sirino has featured just 89 minutes for The Brazilians this season in the MTN8, with the club suggesting that injuries have prevented his involvement.

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