Emirates Club complete foreign quota

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Saez (l) in action.

Saez, 31, was announced as signing a one-year deal following his decision not to renew at Al Wakrah.

In a boost for a Falcons side which is expected to struggle next term, the Argentine joins them after scoring an

impressive 45 times in 77 top-flight appearances for a team which regularly battled against relegation.

“I am delighted to represent Emirates Club during the new season, and am I am very happy,” he said.

“It is a very precious trust which has been conferred upon me by the officials of Emirates Club.

“I am confident of the club’s potential and will seek to give all I have to gain the confidence of the coach and the fans.”

Change has swept over the Ras Al Khaimah-outfit after they avoided relegation from the Arabian Gulf League by one point last season.

Coach Paulo Comelli has been replaced by German veteran Theo Bucker, who impressed hugely at then promoted side Dibba Al Fujairah.

They have also opted to completely change their four-pla-yer, non-Emrati quota.

Australian centre-back Zac Anderson, Brazilian centre midfielder Augusto Cesar and Tunisia defensive midfielder Hocine Ragued were all snapped up prior to Saez.

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Al Jazira bolster defence with Fawzi signature

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Fawzi in action for the UAE.

The suspect defence of President’s Cup holders Al Jazira has received a significant boost after they confirmed the long-expected transfer of UAE right-back Mohammed Fawzi on Tuesday.

The Pride of Abu Dhabi have been locked in negotiations with Al Ain for the 26-year-old since the end of last season. This was originally meant to be a double deal which featured their former charge Ibrahim Diaky, but a U-turn was performed last week because of imminent 2016 AFC Champions League quarter-final commitments.

Fawzi will now arrive at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium on a multi-year deal once the ongoing national team training camp in Spain concludes next week.

A transfer for the Al Ahli youth product will go a long way to improving a defence which was the third worst in the Arabian Gulf League last term for the seventh-placed finishers, with 50 goals conceded from 26 games.

It will also provide Fawzi with regular first-team football after he started just three more times in the top flight after February 18’s 2-1 home loss against Al Shabab.

In total, he appeared 26 times in the league since his July 2014 switch from Bani Yas. During this spell, the 2014/15 AGL and 2015 Arabian Gulf Super Cup crowns were lifted.

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Hilal claim Brazilian from under noses of Al Wahda

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Tiago Alves.

Al Hilal have secured the loan signature of Brazilian forward Tiago Alves on Tuesday, exactly a week after Arabian Gulf League side Al Wahda reported a deal of their own for the player.

Wahda released a statement later in the day admitting that they were initially unaware that the player was only on loan at South Korea’s Seongnam and that his parent club was Clube Atletico Panapolense of Brazil.

The AGL club laid fault at the feet of Seongnam, claiming that they failed to meet a deadline set out by Wahda to complete the deal by August, 1.

This allowed Hilal to swoop in and snap up Alves.

Alves was pictured in a Wahda scarf and being greeted by club officials at Dubai Airport last Tuesday.

The club then released a statement on their website four days later, saying Alves was undertaking medical procedures while final agreements were made between Wahda, the player, parent club Clube Atletico Panapolense and current loanees Seongnam FC of South Korea.

With the confusion cleared up, it was expected that Alves would head back to Korea before later meeting up with his new Wahda team-mates at their pre-season camp in Barcelona.

“The WAFC’s Company announces that the new recruited Brazilian Thiago Alves de Lima has passed the medical examination procedures he underwent recently in one of the private hospitals and that the player had left after the completion of the medical exams directly to Korea to finalize personals before moving for good from Seongnam to the Clarets,” read the statement.

“The company will complete [Saturday] the final agreement, which guarantees him to become a player at the club for the next three years.”

It went on to claim that the deal would be completed “within days”.

An agreement could not be reached between all four parties, however, with Hilal tweeting in the early hours of Tuesday morning that they had secured the loan signing of the 23-year-old.

The Clarets have already lured Emirati duo Tariq Ahmed and Nasser Abdulhadi from Dibba Al Fujairah this summer but they are in the market for a fourth foreign player as former Arsenal midfielder Denilson has joined Cruzeiro on a six-month loan.

Talismanic striker Sebastian Tagliabue, Chile playmaker Jorge Valdivia and South Korea defender Rim Chang-woo are the three other players making up their foreign quota.

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