Zamalek splash R40m on new signing

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Egyptian giants Zamalek have once again flexed their financial muscle with a reported R40-million transfer of Primeiro de Agosto forward Ary Papel.

After securing manager Patrice Carteron for another season with a notable wage increase, President Moratda Mansour has stood by his word to invest further to strengthen the current squad.

Currently, in fourth place in the league and 18 points behind unbeaten league leaders Al Ahly, Mansour openly declared that the White Knights are out of the title race - despite having only played 16 games from the 30 rounds of fixtures.

But with the Egypt and CAF Super Cup already secured and a place in the semi-finals of the African Champions League, the White Knight have now invested heavily to rope in Angola international Papel.

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The former Sporting Lisbon forward has been one of the standout performers on the continent since returning to his homeland with de Agosto and dazzled onlookers despite their group stage exit in the Champions League this season.

KickOff.com understands that the Angolan top-flight outfit has accepted a bid in the region of 37-million Egyptian pounds while the 26-year-old has agreed to sign a three-year contract.

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Papel is expected to be officially unveiled in the coming days while right-back Hamza Mathlouthi of CS Sfaxien is believed to be the second major arrival Mansour hinted about to Egyptian media this week.

The Angola star has featured 35 times for the national team since making his debut in 2012 as an 18-year-old and has scored five goals.

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