Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) champions Bashundhara Kings signed Iranian defender Khaled Shafiei as their fourth foreign player on Saturday, confirmed club’s president Imrul Hassan.
“We confirmed him last month, but waited for the decision on foreign players from the BFF Professional Football League Committee (PFLC). Hopefully, his addition will bolster our defence,” Imrul told The Daily Sun.The PFLC approved the four foreign players’ quota for the upcoming domestic season 2020-21 in its 26th meeting held at the BFF house in Motijheel last Thursday. The committee also announced the first week of December as the expected date for season’s curtain-raiser soccer meet Federation Cup.
The 33-year-old Iranian defender joined the Bangladeshi side on a one-year contract from former Persian Gulf Pro League (PGPL) champions and former AFC Champions League runners-up Sepahan Sport Club. He is expected to arrive in Dhaka next month.
According to a website named ‘Transfermarkt’ claimed that the veteran Iranian defender joined Kings with the market value of euro 500 thousand or approximately Tk 50,20,7531.50.
Khaled also played for top Iranian clubs Zob Ahan Esfahan FC, Tractor SC, Gostaresh Foulad FC, Fajr Sepasi Shiraz FC, Naft Tehran FC, Kowsar Lorestan FC and former K League 1 champions FC Seoul.
The BPL champions earlier recruited two new Brazilian midfielders -- Jonathan da Silveira Fernandes Reis and Robson Azevedo da Silva Robinho -- last month. The Bangladeshi side also decided to extend their 10-month-contract with Argentine forward Hernan Barcos in November.
The ‘Transfermarkt’ claimed both Fernandes and Robinho joined Kings for a transfer fee of euro 725 thousand each or approximately Tk 72, 670,317 which is the highest paid transfer amount for any foreign player in Bangladesh. On the other hand, their Argentine star Hernan Barcos joined the BPL champions for euro 500 thousand or approximately Tk 50,408, 597.