date of publication:
Jan 24 2022 12:09 GMT
Update date: January 24, 2022 12:50 GMT
Al-Riyadh newspaper revealed, on Monday, that the management of the Saudi Al-Hilal club, headed by Fahd bin Nafel, reached a final agreement to include the French striker, Anthony Modeste, the German striker of Cologne, to be a replacement for his French compatriot Bafetimbi Gomez, who alluded to his leaving the team.
The newspaper did not clarify any details about the deal or the date of the player’s arrival or completion, especially with the end of the winter Mercato period in Saudi Arabia at the end of January.
Gomez had hinted, during television statements, that the Al-Hilal and Al-Batin match might be his last, and that he would meet with the leader’s administration to discuss his future.
Previous reports indicated that Gomez had received two Gulf offers to leave in the winter transfer period, one from Qatar and the other from the Emirates.
As for Modeste, he started his career with Nice and Angers, then represented Blackburn, Boudreaux, Hoffenheim, Tianjin Guangyan, Saint-Etienne and Cologne in Germany.
Modeste played with Colin 144 matches in various tournaments, during which he scored 72 goals and made 7 assists for his teammates.
Since the beginning of the current winter period, Al Hilal has signed 4 official deals: Saud Abdul Hamid and Abdul Ilah Al Maliki from Al Ittihad, Mohammed Al Owais, Al Ahly goalkeeper, and Abdul Rahman Al Obaid, the former left back for Al Nasr.
Al Hilal seeks to include several strong foreign deals during the current period; To strengthen the ranks of the “leader” before participating in the FIFA Club World Cup.
Al Hilal sought to include Michel, a Brazilian player from Flamengo, as the deal faces some difficulties.
And the Brazilian newspaper, “UOL”, confirmed that negotiations between Al Hilal and Flamengo are continuing regarding the player, Michel, and may be resolved soon.
Al-Hilal, the crown prince of the Prince Mohammed bin Salman Professional League Cup, tied 1-1 with Al-Batin last Friday, for the seventh time in 17 matches, bringing its score to 31 points in fourth place, ten points behind Al-Ittihad, the leader in the standings.
Al Hilal is preparing to participate in the Club World Cup, where it will play the quarter-finals against the winner of the Emirati Al-Jazira match against the Tahiti champion, to determine the team qualified for the semi-finals, to meet the European champion Chelsea.
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