According to the Tages Anzeiger, Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Almen Abdi is closing in on a summer transfer to FC Zurich, the 12-time champions of the Swiss Super League. Abdi came through the ranks and won three league titles whilst previously with Zurich.
Zurch finished in 4th position in the Swiss top flight last season, their first season back since winning promotion. They also won the Swiss Cup, which has granted them pathway into the UEFA Europa League next season. Abdi may wish to rejoin the club to get him back in love with the game again, having endured an injury-laden campaign with the Owls.
Abdi still has a year left on his contract at Hillsborough, but Jos Luhukay is not expected to fight too hard to keep him on the books. The best scenario for all concerned could be for him to move on. Last season, he only made seven appearances for the club. Since joining for a fee believed to be around £3million from Watford in 2016, he has only started 12 Sky Bet Championship matches.
The 31-year-old will also be hoping to win back a place in the Swiss national team too. Whilst he obviously is not going to the World Cup this summer, he’ll be confident of winning a place for the next tournament, assuming he plays more regularly. Doing so in his native Switzerland will give him the best possible chance of impressing national team manager Vladimir Petkovic. This summer, Switzerland are in Group E, alongside Brazil, one of the tournament favourites, Costa Rica and Serbia.