The ‘Saudi Rush’ continues unabated. Star players from Europe’s top five leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France) are heading to the kingdom one after another. Riyad Mahrez (32-Manchester City) and Jordan Henderson (33-Liverpool) will wear the colours of Al Ahli and Al Ittifaq respectively.토토사이트
European football transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano announced the news on social media on Tuesday (20 June), saying: “Mahrez is moving to Altrincham. His contract runs until June 2027. He will undergo a medical in 24 hours.” “Henderson is also going to Alty Park. We have already agreed a three-year deal and a transfer fee has been agreed,” he added in his trademark ‘here we go’ style.
This summer has seen a string of star players from Europe’s top five leagues make the move to Saudi Arabia in return for huge salaries, bonuses, and other perks. The ‘Saudi Rush’ has been unrelenting, starting with Cristiano Ronaldo (38, Al-Nasr).
In fact, he was preceded by Seko Fofana (28), Marcelo Brozovic (30-plus Al Nasr), Edouard Mendy (31-Al Ahli), N’Golo Kante (32), Karim Benzema (35-plus Al Ittihad) and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (28), Kalidou Koulibaly (32), Leo Neves (26 – Al-Hilal) and Roberto Firmino (31 – Al Ahli) are among the stars of Europe’s top five leagues heading to Saudi Arabia. Add to that the likes of Mahrez and Henderson.
But the story doesn’t end there. Alain Saint-Maximin (26-Newcastle United), Alex Telles (30-Manchester United), and Fabinho (29-Liverpool) are all set to move to Al Ahli, Al Nasr, and Al Ittihad respectively. Luis Alberto (30-Lazio), William Carvalho (31-Real Betis) and Wilfried Zaha (30-Crystal Palace) have also been linked.
The number one reason why star players from Europe’s top five leagues are heading to Saudi Arabia is money. They are being offered “astronomical” salaries that they cannot easily refuse. Add to that the fact that Saudi Arabia is currently undertaking a major project to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup, and it’s clear that the prestige of the country has changed since Ronaldo arrived and paved the way.