Al Nasr striker Nilmar warming up nicely ahead of AGL season

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Solid start: Al Nasr’s Nilmar (l).

Brazil striker Nilmar warmed up for his debut Arabian Gulf League campaign with a brace as Al Nasr defeated an Ingolstadt 04 XI 3-0 in their final friendly match.

Nilmar, 31, has been bought by the Blue Wave from Internacio-nal to replace controversial front man Ibrahima Toure. The former Lyon and Villarreal star was on the scoresheet on Sunday for his new club, his efforts in the 41st and 58th minutes coming after compatriot Renan Garcia’s early opener.

Ivan Jovanovic’s men return to the UAE Tuesday to continue preparations for Saturday’s scheduled Arabian Gulf Super Cup against Al Ain.

Meanwhile, mercurial playmaker Jorge Valdivia has launched a broadside at the Palmeiras leadership as he prepares to make his long-awaited move to Al Wahda.

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Valdivia, 31, will join up with the Clarets on August 17 when his deal in Brazil expires. Heated disagreements with Alviverde officials such as president Paulo Nobre have occured since his free transfer move was announced last month, the Copa America winner with Chile eager to set the record straight before his UAE return.

“During this period, I received offers but did not sign,” Valdivia, who previously starred for Al Ain from 2008-10, . “If I were ungrateful, a mercenary, I would have accepted one of the two offers (from Cruzeiro and Flame-ngo) which were much better.

“I owe a lot to this club, and I will be eternally grateful. The board has done nothing for my renewal.”

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Emirates Club contemplating bid for Al Nasr striker Ibrahima Toure

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Wanted man: Ibrahima Toure.

Emirates Club are contemplating whether to rescue AWOL striker Ibrahima Toure from the Al Nasr wilderness, according to reports.

Toure, 29, has fallen foul of the Blue Wave management after he was absent for pre-season training for a second-successive summer. 

The President’s Cup and Arabian Gulf Cup holders are planning to play the season without the 2014/15 Arabian Gulf League’s second-top scorer, Brazil international Nilmar taking his place in the four-player foreign quota and fellow new boy Jonathan Pitroipa inheriting his No11 jersey.

Al Ittihad have stated the Falcons are interested in acquiring the out-of-favour player, a one-season loan switch in the offing. 

Negotiations could be made easier by the fact the two clubs regularly conduct transfer business, former captain Brett Holman and veteran defender Helal Saeed moving to Ras Al Khaimah from Al Maktoum Stadium this summer alone.

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Emirates have one non-Emirati space remaining, Holman being joined by Brazilian forward Rodrigo Pimpao and retained Morocco defender Issam Erraki.

An exit for Toure would end an eventful two-year spell since his arrival from Monaco in which he has registered an impressive 34 goals in 43 top-flight games. 

But his time has been sullied by disciplinary problems, including two training camp no-shows and a violent assault on Bani Yas’ 
Mohamed Jaber which brought a four-match ban in September 2014.

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Al Shaab pounce to sign Egypt midfielder Amr Al Sulaya

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Not too Shaaby: Al Sulaya.

Newly-promoted Al Shaab are set to complete their foreign quota after they agreed a deal with Isma-ily SC to sign Egypt midfielder Amr Al Sulaya.

Al Sulaya, 25, has grown into a key player for club and country in recent years. This form has seen the Commandos look to take advantage of the fact the player’s contract was set to expire next summer, a $1.2 million fee being paid to secure him.

“Ismaily SC officials, headed by Brigadier-General Mohammed Abu Saud, have agreed Amr Al Sulaya’s transfer to Al Shaab,” a statement read on the Yellow Dragons’ Facebook page.

“The player has agreed to the contract. This brings the curtain down on any transfer to another Egyptian club and there is a clause which prevents the club selling the player to any Egyptian club before the end of the season.”

Al Shaab are yet to confirm the move but Egyptian reports stated he travelled to the UAE for a medical on Friday.

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When the transfer is made official, Al Sulaya will join Tractor Sazi defender Celios Santos and Cobresal centre forward Matias Donoso as fresh faces within the four-pla-yer non-Emirati selection.

French striker Michael Ndri is the only one retained from the side which finished second in the 2014/15 UAE Division 1 Group A.

Al Sulaya will be led by countryman Tarek El Ashry, who joined the Commandos from ENPPI Club this summer.

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