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Soccer star Zahavi to join PSV Eindhoven, despite Turkish charm offensive

The player will reportedly be paid over $2 million per season on Dutch team; earlier this month Zahavi saw mass appeals by Turkish fans on social media to join Fenerbahçe SK

Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer player Eran Zahavi seen at the final of the State Cup between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa in the Teddy stadium, Jerusalem, on May 24, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Maccabi Tel Aviv soccer player Eran Zahavi seen at the final of the State Cup between Maccabi Tel Aviv and Maccabi Haifa in the Teddy stadium, Jerusalem, on May 24, 2016. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

After shopping around in recent weeks, Israeli soccer star Eran Zahavi on Sunday signed on with major Dutch club PSV Eindhoven.

Hebrew media reports indicate Zahavi’s contract is for a two-year period, with a salary of €2-3 million ($2.3-3.5 million) per season.

Zahavi has played for China’s Guangzhou R&F since 2016, while also playing for Israel’s national team. This will be his second time playing for a European club, after spending several years at Italy’s Palermo FC.

Earlier this month his name was linked with a possible transfer to Turkey’s Fenerbahçe SK club. The speculation was fueled when a popular Instagram account issued a personal invitation for Zahavi to join the Turkish club, which the Israeli said he would accept if it got half a million likes.

Within hours, the post beat the target while riding on a wave of supportive responses from Turkey. Zahavi’s agent later said that the outpouring of affection from Turkish soccer fans was encouraging, but stressed that the player had not agreed to transfer to anywhere yet.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly named the club Zahavi is joining.

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