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Al-Shurta refuse to release in demand Iraqi striker Mohanad Ali

Iraq’s 2019 Asian Cup star Mohanad Ali has been subject of offers from various clubs in Europe and the Middle East after his performances in the UAE but sources close to the player reveal his club Al-Shurta refuse to release their prized protégé.

The 18-year-old who scored two goals at the Asian Cup in the UAE has a contract with the Police Club which runs until 2020 and looks unlikely to move during this winter’s transfer window despite bids of €1m for the youngster.

Club sources note Al-Shurta have yet to respond to any offers for the player – some of whom have passed their deadlines – while interested clubs have indicated they are prepared to increase their bids if Al-Shurta are willing to give them an asking price for the striker.

A source from within Al-Shurta have acknowledged the club have received a host of offers to sign the Iraqi international. It includes an impressive list from Turkey’s Galatasaray who have offered €1 million Euros with an additional offer to raise their bid to €2 million and UAE’s Al-Ain who offered a reported €800,000 Euros, with a 20% of any future transfer fee handed to the Iraqi club. The UAE club also included an offer from Al-Ain to cover all expenses of a training camp for Al-Shurta in the UAE.

There has also been interest from Denmark’s FC Midtjylland and Belgium club K.R.C. Genk who have offered €700,000 and Czech Republic side Slavia Prague with a bid of €600,000. Turkish club Fenerbahce despite not making a formal bid have promised according to sources to make a large bid, as have Qatar’s Al-Duhail who are also open to a move for the Iraqi forward. There has also been talk of interest from Egyptian giants Al-Ahly and Zamalek.

The deadlines for the bids from Serie A club Cagliari and K.R.C. Genk expired on January 18 and 22. The Sardinian club’s offer was an initial €500,000 transfer fee plus another €500,000 in add-ons. This included a €100,000 if the player made five appearances (at least 45min each one) for Iraq and and an additional €100,000  if he made the same number of appearances in Serie A for Cagliari. €100,000 if he scored three goals in official matches for Iraq and another €100,000 for Cagliari. The Italian club also included a clause of a payment of €100,000 to Al-Shurta if the striker was sold onto another club.

Mohanad Ali signed for Al-Shurta in September 2013 and made his league debut a few months later and had a season loan spell at Kahraba where he scored 12 goals in 33 matches. He returned to his home club in 2017 and became a key player for both the Police Club and Iraq.

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