Al Ahly forward Junior Ajayi is reportedly keen on joining Sporting Lisbon after the Portuguese side showed interest in signing the Nigerian.
The 22-year-old has been a revelation for Al Ahly since joining from Tunisian side CS Sfaxien in the summer of 2016, scoring 21 and assisting 18 in 71 appearances.
He helped the Reds win two league titles, one Egypt Cup and the Egypt Super Cup and is considered as one of the club’s key players.
His impressive form attracted the attention of Sporting Lisbon, who reportedly asked their director of football and former Zamalek manager Augusto Inacio to seal the move.
However, Al Ahly newly appointed director of football Mohamed Youssef stressed that the foreign trio Walid Azaro, Ali Maaloul and Junior Ajayi are unsellable.
While Sporting did not have much luck with their previous signings from Egypt, with Shikabala and Rami Rabia failing to impress during their time there, they do have good experience in signing Nigerians from Egypt
Emmanuel Amunike was signed from Zamalek in 1994 and went on to have a successful spell in Portugal. He was also the last Nigerian to play for the club, meaning Ajayi has the potential to continue a tradition of Nigerians moving from Egypt to Sporting.