Report: Nashville SC to sign Hany Mukhtar to Designated Player deal


The roster-build process continues for Nashville SC ahead of their entry to Major League Soccer in 2020.

Jeff Rueter and Sam Stejskal of The Athletic are are reporting that the Tennessee-based club is set to sign midfielder Hany Mukhtar to a Designated Player deal from Danish side Brondby. Mukhtar, 24, has extensive experience with Germany’s youth national teams and has made previous stops at Hertha BSC, Benfica and Red Bull Salzburg.

Nashville have reportedly paid a sizable transfer fee ($3 million) and sent $100,000 in General Allocation Money to the Seattle Sounders for Mukhtar’s rights, according to ESPN's Jeff Carlisle.

Altogether, Mukhtar has scored 26 goals and chipped in 34 assists for Brondby across 120 appearances. He’s been part of Europa League qualifiers with the club and helped them win the 2017-18 Danish Cup.

Previously, Nashville has added several players with MLS experience, so this marks the club’s first serious foray into the international market. Winger David Accam (Columbus Crew) and midfielder Anibal Godoy (San Jose Earthquakes) are both set to join in 2020, while midfielder Derrick Jones was acquired via trade from the Philadelphia Union back in May.

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