Dubai’s Al-Nasr signs AC Monaco footballer

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Dubai based football team Al-Nasr has signed Ibrahima Toure, cementing his move from AS Monaco, reported Sports360 on Thursday.

“The deal is done and the details will be announced in the coming days,” Al Nasr board member Fahad Hadi told Sport360°. “He will be joining the team in Munich on August 18 and he will be replacing Giuseppe Mascara.”

Al-Nasr admit to offering Toure a place in June, however the offer was not initially successful.

“We wanted to sign Ibrahima for a long, long time. We tried to sign him earlier in the summer but it didn’t look likely and we thought it wouldn’t happen,” said Hadi.

“He was always our first option, but once we thought the deal would not go through, we looked at other options, including [Argentinian] Maxi Lopez.

“But when that deal collapsed due to medical issues, we reopened our interest in Toure and this time we have been successful.

“He’s an amazing player and we hope that he will add some more quality to our team.”

Toure previously played for the UAE’s Ajman team on a six-month loan deal in 2011.

Last season he came out on top as Monaco’s top scorer with 17 goals as the club returned to Ligue 1.

Following the signing of Toure, al-Nasr’s foreign contingent now consists of the Senegalese, Australian forward Brett Holman and Brazilian midfielder Leandro Lima.