Mahmoud Saber has told the Daily Record that Rangers and a number of other European heavyweights have tabled offers to sign the teenager – after he effectively became a free agent, following his exit from Al-Ahly.
Saber, 18, already has an Under-20 cap for Egypt to his name and is naturally a winger – though he can operate comfortably as a full-back. He is yet to play at senior level, though he starred for Al-Ahly’s youth side last season.
As per the Record, Saber scored eight goals and laid on an incredible 30 assists to help Al-Ahly win the Egyptian youth league. But he has decided to reject a new contract offer, and is now available for nothing.
Compared to Liverpool superstar Salah in his home country and by the Record, Saber confirmed that he has received an offer to join Rangers. But the Gers are not alone in pursuit, with Benfica and Valencia also tabling offers.
“Because I have never signed a professional contract with Al-Ahly, I can sign for a new club for nothing,” Saber said. “I have offers from Rangers, Valencia and Benfica as well as a big club in Tunisia. I will make my decision soon.”
TBR’s view – Saber worth a punt on a free transfer
Likened to Salah, Saber is worth a punt for any side given that he is available on a free transfer. A low-risk addition with the chance of huge rewards and a big resale value, Saber could be a top signing.
Rangers certainly have a chance of landing the Egyptian wonderkid – but beating Valencia and Benfica to his signature is a tall order. Perhaps the opportunity of game time at Ibrox could swing talks in their favour.