Nashville SC has rejected a $7 million bid from a Qatari club for forward Hani Mukhtar, a person familiar with the matter said. The Athletic. The parties were asked to remain anonymous because they were not authorized to discuss the tender publicly.
Transfermarkt’s Manuel Vess and Qatar-based media outlet Al Qas initially reported that Nashville had received a bid for Mukhtar.
Nashville have no plans to move the current 2022 MLS MVP and 2023 Golden Boot leader, but sources say Mouffetard is seeking a new deal from the MLS side. . His current contract was announced last April and runs until 2025.
With $3.19 million guaranteed before the summer transfer window, according to the MLS Players Association, a move to Qatar would be an advantage for the 17th-highest-paid player in MLS. right.
Mukhtar, 28, has been one of the best players in the league since joining Nashville ahead of the 2020 expansion season. Over the past two and a half seasons, Mukhtar has scored 52 goals and provided 24 assists in 88 regular-season games. He has been named to the MLS Best XI in each of the past two years, has 13 goals and seven assists in 24 games, and is on course to challenge for MVP this year.
Off the field, Mukhtar is happy in Nashville. He married at the club’s home ground, Geodis Park, and launched a youth academy in the area.
The former German youth international was acquired from Danish club Brondby for a transfer fee of around $3 million. Mukhtar also played for Hertha, RB Salzburg and Benfica during his career.
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