Al Jazira have confirmed their interest in Montpellier's star midfielder Younes Belhanda, reports Osman Samiuddin.
Arabian Gulf League: Al Jazira in the mix as Montpellier clears Belhanda to choose
ABU DHABI // Al Jazira have confirmed their interest in Montpellier's star midfielder Younes Belhanda, though the club refused to reveal whether they have made one of the two "concrete offers" the 2011/12 French champions say they have received.
"We are interested in him, definitely, but any deal is far from being finalised," a senior club official told The National. Belhanda was in Abu Dhabi recently before flying back to France, but Jazira officials say they have not moved beyond expressing interest.
The Morocco international, 23, has been linked to several clubs across Europe and has expressed a desire to play in the English Premier League.
On Thursday, Montpellier tweeted a quote from Laurent Nicollin, the club chairman, saying: "We have 2 concrete offers for Y. Belhanda with whom we are in agreement, it is up to the player to choose."
"I have always said that my preference would be England, but if they can't agree a price with my current club then I will not go there," Belhanda said recently.
The price could be a sticking point. Earlier this month, speaking to a radio station, Nicollin said he would seek €15m (Dh71.2m) for him, "but I would settle for 14 or 12".
Nicollin added that he had received offers from England, Germany and the UAE.
Belhanda, who scored 12 goals in all competitions last season, has been targeted by Jazira as a replacement for Matias Delgado.
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