Summary: Maccabi Haifa - Bnei Sakhnin 1:3 (Sport 1)
One million euros per season - this is the amount that Gamba Osaka is expected to offer to Neta Lavi, according to sources familiar with the details.
As I remember, Osaka from Japan together with San Jose from the MLS league in the USA and Red Star Belgrade from Serbia are very interested in the captain of Maccabi Haifa, when it seems that the Japanese offer will be significantly higher in terms of the salary for the player. This offer has been on the table for several days, but in Haifa they are trying to keep the midfielder and fear his departure in January.
According to the same sources, the Americans are ready to grant a salary of half a million dollars to the Levi, who is not enthusiastic about moving to the first league in the USA in the current offer.
The Serbs are also willing to pay a similar amount and they also offer the option of the Champions League, where next season a place in the group stage is guaranteed for the Serbian champion, unlike for example the current season when the Red Star was eliminated by Maccabi Haifa in the playoffs.
Quite a few options on the table.
Neta Lavi (Photo: Maor Alxalsi)
Osaka coach Danny Poyatos, who knows Lavi from the time he served as an assistant coach at Maccabi Tel Aviv, wants to join immediately and not wait for the summer, when the captain of the greens will be free.
In Osaka they will not offer too high sums and it is estimated that they will agree to compensate Haifa with 300 thousand euros and maybe a little more, but not more, since they are aware that Lavi becomes a free agent at the end of the season.
At the same time as there was interest from the three teams on the different continents, also in Haifa as mentioned they offered Lavi to extend his contract.
According to club sources, the sums Lavi will receive if he signs will not be too different from the offers of Red Star and San Jose, but significantly less than one million euros, of course, so the Japanese offer may be of great interest to the 26-year-old midfielder.