Zamalek’s goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shenawy (R) in action against Wydad Casablanca’s William Jebor (L) during the African Champions League (CAF) Semi Final first leg soccer match between Zamalekand Wydad Casablanca at Borg Al Arab stadium in Alexandria, Egypt, 16 September 2016. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 29, 2017. 20:00

Italian media reports reveal that Serie A giants Sampdoria and Belgium’s KRC Genk are keeping tabs on Egyptian international goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawy.

The 26-year-old goalkeeper, who has a $1.5 million release clause in his Zamalek contract, has been a regular this season having made 110 appearances since joining from Al Masry in 2012.

According to Calciomercato, he could head to Italy or Belgium as both clubs are interested in his services.

Sampodria have Italy international Emiliano Viviano, Christian Puggioni, Titas Krapikas and Andrea Tozzo in their goalkeeping department and will look to strengthen it with El-Shennawy.

Meanwhile, Genk’s goalkeeping options are Danny Vukovic, Nordin Jackers and Gaëtan Coucke, but the Egyptian is more experienced at international level.

El-Shennawy was part of the Zamalek team that won the domestic double in 2015 and has also lifted the Egypt Cup title with the White Knights in 2016.

He made his international debut in 2011 against Niger in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers, going on to make 28 appearances for the Pharaohs this far.

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