Newly promoted Steel of Azin FC continued their spending spree by dishing out around $400,000 for Ali Karimi.
The former Perspolis star signed a one-year contract with
Steel only a few days after his negotiations with Perspolis broke down and he left the 2008 Iranian champions.
Karimi was reportedly seeking a $600,000 to $700,000 deal, but with the IPL signing deadline only hours away, he took
the offer from Hossein Hedayati, owner of Steel Azin.
Interestingly, as a member of the board of directors of Perspolis,
Hedayati had played a role in securing Karimi’s signature for Perspolis
only a year earlier.
Steel have also signed Iranian-Germans Freydoon Zandi and Amir
Shapourzadeh, amongst other well-known names in Iranian football.