Al Ain swoop for Al Ghaferi; Diaky to follow?
Al Ain have started their summer recruitment drive with the capture of Bani Yas midfielder Sultan Al Ghaferi.
The 26-year-old midfielder joins the champions on a three-year deal after his contract with Al Samawi ran out at the end of the season.
Al Ghaferi enjoyed by far his most consistent campaign last term playing 23 games in the Pro League while also starring in the club’s run to the GCC Champions League title.
The Emirati had supplanted UAE star Amer Abdulrahman in caretaker coach Salem Ali Al Orafi’s first-choice midfield by the end of the season and his departure is another blow for a club that has already lost Mohamed Abou-Treika and Nick Carle from the side that secured Gulf glory.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim Diaky could be set to join Al Ghaferi in the Garden City. The Al Jazira club captain has made no secret of his desire to leave the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium this summer and discussions with both Al Ain and Al Ahli are in advanced stages.
An announcement is expected in the next few days and though Diaky had previously told Sport360° he was “80 per cent” certain he would end up in Dubai next season a late bid from the Boss may sway his decision.
Elsewhere, Al Wasl have denied they are interested in the Tunisia international Khalid Korbi.
Reports in the Tunisian press suggested the out-of-contract Al Wakrah midfielder was on the Cheetahs’ radar following their capture of Brazilian striker Kaio.
However, Wasl chairman Abdulla Hareb said: “I have had no contact with this player. Still we are dealing with players, we have contact with a number of players. We are already dealing with a striker and a central defender, an Asian defender and a foreign striker.”