Esteghlal midfielder and Iranian international Ali-Reza Nikbakht-Vahedi signed a two-year contract with Esteghlal’s biggest rival, Persepolis Tehran.
The 26-year old midfielder had trials with Atletico Madrid and Fenerbache in the past and there were some rumours linking him to Fenerbache again last month, but instead of that he will be playing for Persepolis Tehran next season.
Striker Hossein Badamaki also signed a contract with Persepolis on the same day. The 25-year old striker scored 10 goals and had 4 assists for Abu Moslem last season.
However Persepolis is looking for more players to strengthen their squad for next season.