Local Soccer: Buzaglo becomes most expensive transfer between Israeli clubs

Maor Buzaglo trained as a Maccabi Tel Aviv player for the first time on Tuesday after becoming the most expensive transfer in Israeli soccer history. The 20-year-old, who developed into one of the Premier League's best players last season at Bnei Sakhnin, moved to Maccabi from Maccabi Haifa, which loaned him out in recent seasons, in a deal worth some $2,700,000. "The fact that my transfer is the most expensive in Israeli soccer history is irrelevant," Buzaglo said. "I know all about the meaning of playing for this club and this is the most exciting day of my life. I hope I live up to the expectations." Buzaglo led Bnei Sakhnin to the brink of UEFA Cup qualification last season, scoring eight goals and passing a league leading nine assists. The gifted midfielder also made his international debut last season, starting in Israel's 2-1 victory over Russia in Euro 2008 qualification in November. "We're very pleased to acquire one of Israeli soccer's most exciting and outstanding talents," Maccabi chairman Aviv Bushinsky said. "I'm convinced that at such a big club as Maccabi he will display his talent and play an important part in the attractive team we're building for next season."