Egyptian Premier League side Zamalek is reportedly on the verge of signing Angola international Ary Papel, Egyptian media reports.
Egyptian publication King Fut reports that that the player's agent, Jesse Rodriguez, revealed that Ary Papel is set to join the Cairo giants but says the transfer has been stalled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Ary [Papel] has been a free agent since last month,” Rodriguez told ON Time Sports. “We’ve been negotiating with Zamalek during this time.
“The coronavirus has definitely affected the transfer to Zamalek but they are the only club my player wants to represent.
“We haven’t signed a deal yet with Zamalek. Ary didn’t undergo the medical tests yet and we still have to go over there and sign the contract but coronavirus is stopping us from finalizing the transfer.
“If things go well, then Ary [Papel] will be a Zamalek player soon,” he added.
The report adds that Zamalek have been on the lookout for a winger in the summer transfer window as they look to strengthen their team ahead of the new season.
And now they have turned their focus on the 26-year-old Papel currently at Angola's Primeiro De Agosto.
Papel also represented Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon, featuring in 31 games for their reserves squad, but failed to make an appearance for the first team.
The White Knights are currently fourth in the Egyptian Premier League table with 31 points after 16 games played this season.