Recent days have seen the Clarets linked with a relatively unknown quantity across Europe, Yayha Al Ghassani.
Al Ghassani, 21, currently ply’s his trade in Abu Dhabi with Al Wahda. The player himself has only increased speculation with comments made regarding a potential move and the likelihood of him testing the waters in European football at the highest level.
The winger stated via the National: “Talks are between the clubs, but if I get a break, I’d definitely love to play in Europe. I’m 100 per cent ready.”
At present it is thought that Burnley are one of the front runners for his signature, although there is said to be concrete interest from various clubs in the German Bundesliga.
Aged 15, Al Ghassani began his route into the beautiful game of football, given an opportunity at Al Ahli in Dubai, before moving on in May 2017. He is a player that has had a dabble in Europe to a short extent with French Ligue 2 side Paris FC and was once on the radar of Paris Saint Germain alongside Spanish outfits Malaga and Leganes.
In search of a stable spell at a club he could call home, he moved to Al Wahda on an initial one-year deal, from the beginning of the 2018/19 season. He soon earned himself a new deal off the back of a positive spell and now boasts a contract running through to 2023.
There is little to evidence available as things stand to be able to form a solid assumption as to whether this would be a shrewd signing or not for Sean Dyche, he only managed two goals in a hand full of appearances during 2018/19, but at such a ripe age he could easily develop given the correct foundations.
A move back to Europe would almost definitely enhance Al Ghassani’s hopes of representing his national side. Having been presented a presidential decree, he is eligible to play for UAE national team. He spoke of his desire to achieve such a feat stating: “The opportunity provided by Wahda changed my life as a footballer. Obviously, I want to play for the national team, and of course everyone wants to play in Europe, and I’m not an exception.”
No fee has been mentioned as of yet in regard to any potential deal for Al Ghassani. It is thought though, should a package be agreed that would prove beneficial to all parties, he would be allowed to seek a new adventure.