Rashidov wings way onto Shabab Al Ahli Dubai's list, while Ribeiro heads for exit

Matt Monaghan 01:23 27/05/2017
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Wanted man: Sardor Rashidov with El Jaish (Getty).

Uzbekistan star Sardor Rashidov could wing in as the newly-formed Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club’s first major purchase, but excellent Brazil playmaker Everton Ribeiro is set to make an immediate exit.

UAE football was rocked nearly two weeks ago when Al Shabab, Ahli and newly-promoted Dubai were surprisingly amalgamated. The new body’s leadership have met up since to plot out their plans for 2017/18.

A vacancy exists for the one Asian slot in the four-player foreign quota, which 25-year-old Rashidov could fill after interest was registered.

Despite scoring 23 goals in 48 Qatar Stars League games for El Jaish, the wide man has been made available for transfer since the integration with Lekhwiya last month because of South Korea attacking midfielder and reigning Qatar Football Association Player of the Year Nam Tae-hee’s supreme form.

One player not sticking around is Ribeiro. Extensive reports in his native country on Friday said a €7 million (Dh28.7m) deal had been agreed to sell him to Flamengo.

Ribeiro, 28, won the 2015/16 Arabian Gulf League’s title following a February 2015 move from Cruzeiro.

Of the rest of the non-Emirati quartet, Senegal striker Makhete Diop is almost certain to be retained after he rocketed in 16 goals in 22 run-outs since a December move from Al Dhafra. Shabab’s Moldova forward Henrique Luvannor could join him at the new club.

Meanwhile, ex-Italy coach Cesare Prandelli is set to be unveiled by Al Nasr on Monday night. The 59-year-old is replacing Romania’s Dan Petrescu.

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