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Australian transfer news & rumours: Victory in talks with Bundesliga veteran, Mebrahtu lands new European deal

1:28 PM IST 03/07/19
Christian Gentner Stuttgart
Goal takes a look at the latest transfer news and rumours from the A-League and Australians abroad

Football and rumours go hand in hand and we've got you covered with all the news and whispers swirling around this week in Australia


Victory chasing Bundesliga veteran


Melbourne Victory are reportedly in talks to sign former Stuttgart captain Christian Gentner.

The 33-year-old midfielder has played 14 seasons in the Bundesliga and is now a free agent after a senior career spent entirely with Stuttgart.

The German club were relegated last season with Gentner keen for a new challenge as he enters the twilight of his career. 


Golgol Mebrahtu signs with Hungarian side


Australian striker Golgol Mebrahtu has signed a two-year deal with Hungarian side Puskas Akademia.

The 28-year-old was most recently with Sparta Prague in the Czech Republic but failed to score across nine appearances. 

After initially moving to Europe in 2016 with Mlada Boleslav, the attacker has managed to carve out a career abroad having struggled with injuries while in the A-League. 


Wellington Phoenix linked to Mexican attacker


After seeing young gun Sarpreet Singh signed by Bayern Munich this week, Wellington Phoenix have potentially found his replacement in the form of Mexican attacking midfielder Ulises Davila.

Davilla was most recently playing in India for Delhi Dynamos where he scored one goal across six ISL appearances.

The 28-year-old was purchased by Chelsea in 2011 but after a series of loan spells failed to make an appearance for the Premier League club. 

A former Mexican U23 international, Davilla had been training with Mexican club Guadalajara but couldn't agree to terms on a contract. 

Stuff reports that he has now touched down in Wellington and will likely become a Nix player later this week. 


Melbourne City duo depart


New Melbourne City coach Erick Mombaerts has two less players to work with at the club after confirmation Bart Schenkeveld and Kearyn Baccus have both departed.

City were keen to retain Schenkeveld but were unable to agree to a new deal after 'extensive negotiations'.

The Dutch defender has been previously linked with interest from Sydney FC.

Baccus meanwhile has sealed a move to his native South Africa with the midfielder expected to sign on with Kaizer Chiefs this week.  


Rogic on the radar of Russian club


Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic is reportedly attracting interest from Russian giants Zenit with a £9 million (AU$16m) bid imminent.

That offer is unlikely to sway Celtic from releasing their star man with the Aussie himself seemingly keen on a move to the Premier League

Rogic has struggled for fitness of late and has already been ruled out of the Hoops' upcoming Champions League qualifier.