In some exciting news for Iraq’s football fans, young striker Mohanad Ali’s big move to Europe is back on after the 18-year-old prodigy decide to try out his luck in outside of Asia.
Mohanad was one of the standout stars at the AFC Asian Cup 2019 earlier this year and had attracted interest of several top European clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United, Juventus, FC Midtjylland, KRC Genk, SK Slavia Praha, and Cagliari Calcio.
مانشستر سيتي ينتظر رد مهند علي من اجل الانضمام لصفوفه في صفقة تاريخية !@ManCity ask about Iraqi striker Mohanad ali ( Meme )
— معرض الكرة العراقية (@iraqfpg) April 15, 2019
However, the striker had decided to turn down those offers in favour of remaining with Al Shorta in Iraq and looking for opportunities to play in the Middle East or other Asian domestic leagues.
But, barely few days after the developments, Mohanad is reconsidering his decision to stay back in Asia and is now interested in making a move to the Premier League. And his agent is reportedly negotiating with English champions City to broker a move coming summer.
“After great effort, Mohanad was finally convinced of the need to move to Europe and leave the idea of playing professionally in the Gulf, and this is what we will work on in the coming days,” his agent told IraqFPG.
Mohanad Ali's agent told @iraqfpg "After great effort @mohanad_meme was finally convinced of the need to move to Europe & leave the idea of playing professionally in the Gulf, and this is what we will work on in the coming days." pic.twitter.com/EHE95jXiHD
— Hassanin Mubarak (@hassaninmubarak) April 16, 2019
“Manchester City made a formal offer for Mohanad for next summer. Al Shorta officially received the offer on March 28 but have yet to respond. The English club wants to negotiate in order to determine the contract and transfer fee,” the player’s agent told Al-Sumaria.
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“I’m trying very hard to work on a move for Mohanad to City. It looks like it’s possibility as my efforts coincides with the desires of the English club to sign the player,” the agent added.