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EXCLUSIVE: Genk Slaps €10M Price-tag on Tanzania and Belgian League Top Scorer Samatta

European clubs looking to snap up Belgian domestic league top-scorer Mbwana Ally Samatta of Tanzania have been asked to cough up €10m.

European clubs looking to snap up Belgian domestic league top-scorer Mbwana Ally Samatta of Tanzania have been asked to cough up €10m.

KRC Genk headline the Belgian First Division A on seven points heading into the New Year after twenty-one games.

The Smurfs’ ascension this season is largely due to the contribution of the 26-year-old African who has scored 15 of the 49 league goals the club have raked up this campaign, making him the league’s leading scorer.

The Belgian league has in recent years turned into a poaching ground for bigger European clubs especially Genk, who only in August sanctioned an €8 million move for Gambian defender Omar Colley to join Sampdoria in the Italian Serie A.

Ally looks to be faced with a similar fate with Genk already having to deal with a bombardment of interest from clubs in the top five leagues of Europe.

Second-tier side Middlesbrough are the only English club touted with launching a move for the in-demand striker for now, but they must ward off overtures from Bordeaux of the French Ligue 1 who have also inquired about his availability in the market.

mbawana-ally2Genk’s chairman Phillipe Clement is a known ruthless man in the world of football business and is understood to be holding out for €10m.

The Belgian outfit stand to yield huge profits from any future sale of the Tanzania international amid claims they’ve installed a sell-on clause in the player’s contract which could see them benefit further considering they parted with just €500,000 to secure his services from DR Congo giants TP Mazembe in the summer of 2016.

Latest development regarding Mbwana’s much-discussed future has it that Phillipe is digging his heels over accepting any proposals by not budging from his €10m price on the intuition that bigger clubs in the hunt for a striker will come circling by January.

mbawana-ally3Struggling EPL sides, Huddersfield Town, Burnley, Fulham and Southampton are all reportedly keeping tabs on the attacker’s situation.

Ally’s current deal –renewed nine days ago – elapses June 2021 as the erstwhile Simba SC man is believed to be in no hurry for a move giving his prolific form in front goal which means he won’t be short of takers anytime he agitates for an exit.

Capable of cutting in from any sides of the attack as a secondary forward, Samatta also has pace and tricks to compliment his talent.

There were rumors of CSK Moscow and Levante lodging in bids for the player in July especially during Genk’s participation in the Europa League, however, nothing has come from it.

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