Doha: AFC Champions League hopefuls Al Duhail SC have confirmed the signing of Iraq international Mohanad Ali from Al Shorta.
Last season’s Qatar Stars League runners-up announced the 19-year-old’s arrival via their social media channels on Monday following protracted negotiations between the Doha-based club and their Iraqi counterparts.
Ali, who starred for his country at the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, reportedly rejected interest from European heavyweights Manchester City and Juventus to join Al Duhail who saw Japanese ace Shoya Nakajima leave to join FC Porto earlier this month.
Baghdad: Al Shorta were confirmed as winners of the 2018/19 Iraqi Premier League title at the weekend despite losing 1-0 away at Al Minaa.
The loss was to matter little for Nebojša Jovović’s charges, as defeat for second-placed Air Force Club left Al Shorta with an unassailable eight-point lead at the top of the table with two matches still to play.
Jeddah: AFC Champions League hopefuls Al Ahli Saudi FC have confirmed the signing of Bosnian midfielder Elvis Sarić from Korea Republic’s Suwon Samsung Bluewings.
The 28-year-old Dubrovnik native has agreed a three-year-deal with the Saudi Arabian giants, and is set to join up with his new teammates – and recently appointed head coach Branko Ivanković – at the club’s training camp in Austria on Tuesday.
Riyadh: Former Korea Republic international Jang Hyun-soo has set his sights on winning this season’s AFC Champions League after joining Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal SFC.
The 27-year-old central defender made the move from Japan’s FC Tokyo as Al Hilal continue to ready themselves for a new Saudi Pro League campaign and their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 clash with domestic rivals Al Ahli Saudi FC.
After arriving in Austria for Al Hilal’s pre-season preparations, Jang was quick to pinpoint his targets for the upcoming months – plans which include success on the Continental front.
Ibaraki: Kashima Antlers confirmed on Fridat that Hiroki Abe is transferring to Spanish champions FC Barcelona.
The 20-year-old forward, who has been with the reigning Asian champions since 2017, will make his first move to the European continent and will be hoping to feature in the La Liga and UEFA Champions League.
Abe has shown tremendous talent for both club and the Japanese national team. Last year, he played a crucial role in assisting Kashima to their first AFC Champions League title, while also impressing domestically in the J1 League to be named the Rookie of the Year.