Azaro scored 18 league goals last season to claim the league’s Golden Boot but was agonisingly dropped from Herve Renard’s final World Cup squad.
After joining Al-Ahly from Moroccan side Difaa El Jadida on a four-year deal in the 2017 summer, Azaro saw his stock rise in his debut Egyptian Premier League season, inviting a big Chinese move.
Al-Ahly have placed a €10 million price tag on him, having rebuffed Hebei Fortune’s initial €8 million bid and an improved €9.5 million one.
“Coach Patrice Carteron and his technical staff agreed to let Azaro join the Chinese club … but the football committee said he would not be sold unless the offer reached 10 million euros. Accordingly, Ahly have sent a letter to the Chinese side to inform them of the price tag,” Al-Ahly said in a statement.
If the deal sails through, Azaro would become the most expensive Al-Ahly transfer, eclipsing Gabonese striker Malick Evouna’s $8 million 2016 move to another Chinese club, Tianjin Teda from the Cairo giants.
Azaro is currently in pre-season camp with Al-Ahly in Croatia. By leaving the Egyptian club, Azaro would send the Egyptian giants on a desperate hunt for his replacement following the shortage of potent strikers in the Egyptian Premier League.