Alaa Abbas, Alireza Beiranvand, Ellie Carpenter and more: Vote for your AFC International Player of the Week!
Kuala Lumpur: Another week, another raft of Asian stars performing at the peak of their powers on the international stage, but who was the most impressive of all?
Alaa Abbas and Hwang Ui-jo both found the back of the net, a pair of Iranian shot-stoppers produced clean sheet heroics and Lee Jae-sung beat the champions of Europe, while Ellie Carpenter and Saki Kumagai both starred in France.
Familiarise yourself with our shortlist – based on performances from January 13 to 19 – and don’t forget to cast your vote.
Lion City Sailors roar into new year with record Diego Lopes signing
Singapore: Lion City Sailors have pulled off a transfer coup, securing Brazilian attacking midfielder Diego Lopes from Portuguese Primeira Liga outfit Rio Ave as one of two major signings confirmed on Wednesday.
In what is believed to me the first multi-million-dollar player purchase in Singaporean football, the club announced a transfer fee of €1.8 million - roughly 3.3 million Singapore dollars - for the Benfica youth product.
Joining Lopes is defender Jorge Felipe, also from Brazil, who arrives following a stint with Saudi second-tier outfit Al Tai FC.