FILE PHOTO: Malaysia player Safawi Rasid. Image: shutterstock

Malaysian winger Safawi Rasid is set to be in action in Portugal next season.

Portuguese Primeira Liga side Portimonense SC is reported to sign the Johor Darul Ta’zim FC player on loan, as reported by sports daily O Jogo.

According to the report, the Alvanegros is impressed with Safawi’s performance and also indicated that the club has an option to buy the stalwart permanently.

Correspondingly, JDT’s official social media posting also confirmed the news.

JDT sporting director Martin Prest said that the club believes the offer is good for both the club and Safawi, also indicating that the winger could further his career in Europe.

He however did not reveal the details of the offer as final negotiations are still ongoing.

Safawi is one of the most highly-rated youngsters in the Southeast Asia region with an immense impact on making JDT as Malaysia’s top and successful club.

With JDT, he was instrumental in helping the team to hoist the Charity Shield, Super League and Malaysia Cup trophies. A key player of Harimau Malaya, he has capped 10 appearances with six goals in his bag.

In 2018, he was voted as Malaysia’s most valuable player, most promising player and best midfielder by the Malaysia Football League (MFL), scoring 16 goals in 34 matches.

He proved even more lethal in 2019 as he netted 20 goals in 34 matches to consecutively crowned as MVP and MFL’s best striker and most popular player.

At the international stage, Safawi is prolific in the Asian Champions League with JDT and also heroic in the Malaysian stripes at Southeast and Asian Games, Suzuki Cup and World Cup Qualifiers.

Being courted by a European outfit could be an honour to any Southeast Asian players.

This would be another exciting development after another Malaysian prodigy Luqman Hakim completed his transfer to the Belgian side KV Kortrijk a few weeks earlier.

The Alvinegros finished 17th in the 18-team first division last season but avoided relegation, with 16th-placed Vitoria de Setubal going down instead due to club licensing issues.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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