The president of the French Angers football club, Said Chaaban, admitted on Sunday that it would be difficult for him to keep his Moroccan internationals, Azzedine Onahi and Sofiane Boufal, after their brilliance in the World Cup in Qatar, where their country will meet France in the semi-finals, on Wednesday.
Shaaban said: We are preparing for everything. We held a meeting this afternoon (Sunday) with the coach and sports coordinator to try to consider all possible scenarios.
The two players are likely to leave during the winter transfer window, which opens in January, or the summer transfer window, which opens in June.
The 22-year-old Onahi, whom his boss described as “rich in talent”, shines with his country’s national team in the World Cup in Qatar and is considered one of its main pillars in the midfield. The Spanish newspaper “Deportivo” stated that Barcelona is interested in his services this winter to rest or even compete with his enemies Gavi and Pedri.
Shaaban admitted to Radio Monte Carlo that he had received some calls to inquire about the Moroccan internationals.
He added: You know very well that any player who wants to leave can never be restrained, expressing his “pride” that two of the club’s players are in the ranks of the 2022 World Cup semi-finals, without forgetting the captain of the “Atlas Lions” and the current Turkish defense pole, Roman Sayes, who previously He previously defended the colors of Angers.
According to the latest estimates of the “Transfermarket” website at the beginning of last November, Onahi’s value is 3.5 million euros, and Boufal is 8 million euros.
The first joined the Angers club in 2021 for 450,000 euros from Avranches (third division) for a period of four years, and the second for free from Southampton, England, in 2020, noting that he started his career with the French club.