x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Kleber is poised for Shabab move

Kleber Pereira, the top scorer in the Campeonato Brasileiro last year, is set to sign a one-year deal with Al Shabab.

DUBAI // Kleber Pereira, the top scorer in the Campeonato Brasileiro last year, is set to sign a one-year deal with Al Shabab. The 33-year-old Santos striker is expected to arrive in Dubai on Saturday to officially sign the deal with the 2008 champions. Shabab had been pursuing Kleber for some time and interests from certain clubs in Japan, but finally managed to convince the Brazilian after lengthy negotiations. Kleber was also the top scorer in the Mexican championship in 2005 with Club America, where he won the Mexican Championship, the Mexican Super Cup and CONCACAF Champions' Cup. In 2007, Kleber returned to Brazil at Santos and has since scored 67 goals in 100 appearances. Kleber is the second foreign recruit for Shabab after the Chilean Carlos Villanueva. The club is close to sealing a deal with another Brazilian. Musawengosi Mguni, Shabab's Zimbabwean striker, is meanwhile headed for Ukraine. Officials from the club are expected to arrive soon to formalise the deal.

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