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The best footballer you might never have heard of could finally be coming to Europe

Omar Abdulrahman, who's considered to be one of the best footballers outside of Europe, is reportedly close to moving to Besiktas when his contract expires on 28 February

Does the name Omar Abdulrahman ring any bells?

If not, you’re probably in the majority.

The 26-year-old midfielder has spent his entire career playing in Abu Dhabi for Al-Ain as well as picking up 57 caps for the United Arab Emirates.


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Hide and seek

Abdulrahman is widely considered to be one of the most talented players outside of Europe.

But for how long?

Besiktas are looking to sign Abdulrahman on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the month, according to Sporx.

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Eyes on the prize

It’s not the first time he’s come close to moving to Europe.

In 2012 Abdulrahman spent two weeks on trial with Man City and even went as playing a friendly for the club.

But work permit issues meant the move never went through, despite City being willing to offer him a four-year deal.

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If Abdulrahman does join Besiktas he’ll be linking up with a maverick squad.

Pepe, Ricardo Quaresma, Ryan Babel, Vagner Love and Talisca have all made Vodafone Park their home in recent years.

One more maverick wouldn’t hurt then.


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