The fate of UAE-based club Al Ain’s summer recruitment plans lies in the possible move of its star player Omar Abdulrahman to the English Premier League’s current champions Manchester City, reported Sport360° Thursday.
The 20-year old Emirati national who most recently played for his country in the London Olympics was offered a concluding chance on Wednesday to win over City coaches, before joining the club on trial and viewing a permanent contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Abdulrahman’s current club is waiting on a final decision made by Abu Dhabi-owned City to sign the player, before going ahead with their own decisions in the transfer market this summer.
Among the potential candidates considered to fill Al Ain’s quota of foreign players are Lyon midfielder Michel Bastos and Arsenal’s Korean player Park Chu-young.
But an Al Ain spokesman has stated that new signings will be placed on hold until the transfer fate of Abdulrahman has been decided, City is expected to deliver their decision in the coming week.
“I honestly don't know whether City will make an offer for him, but I believe he will stay at the club and help us in the Champions League if a move doesn't materialise,” a spokesman for Al Ain told Sport360°.