Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary will not be joining Brazilian giants Palmeiras after he reported on his website that the protracted transfer has broken down. And confusion remains about the authenticity of the offers as the stopper's current club Ismaily have claimed the supposed bids were fraudulent.
El Hadary, who played for Egypt throughout the Pharaohs' successful 2010 African Nations Cup campaign, claimed that Palmeiras had failed to agree to the transfer fee demanded by current club Ismaily.
But details about the transfer have brought confusion as the Egyptian club have claimed that the faxed bids they received for the player were false and that the entire saga was a fraud.
El Hadary published a letter on his website, apparently sent by Palmeiras to Ismaily chairman Nasr Aboul Hassan, informing him they were no longer interested in signing the goalkeeper.
"We are professional people who work with all countries in the world and we don't feel that your club is serious," the letter said. "Your club refused our offer and asked for 50% more plus 30% of the next contract (if Palmeiras sell him to another club).
"Your club also broke their word and we cannot accept to be treated like that, so we are sorry to tell you that we have cancelled the deal."
Palmeiras were believed to have initially offered around £325,000 for El Hadary but Ismaily rebuffed both that approach, and a secondary offer of £650,000, as the Egyptian outfur were believed to be holding out for £1 million.
But Ismaily's football director Ihab Galal has cast doubt over the whole transfer, claiming that the faxes that the coastal club supposedly received from Palmeiras were all false. He claims that they were faxed by an anonymous sender with the obvious intention of deceiving Ismaily.
"We verified that all these faxes weren't sent by Palmeiras," he told Nile Sports. "Mohmad Youssef, who was representing Palmeiras in the negotiations, is not really an agent. The whole thing is clearly a fraud.