Real Madrid have not given up on signing Mohamed Salah.
“Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad are ready to break the world transfer record by spending €250 million ($357 million) to sign Salah when the January transfer window opens,” Spanish media outlet Pichajes reported on Monday.
The Saudi league is a popular destination for superstars to finish their careers. The standard is better than ever and the paychecks are huge.
It started with Al Nasr’s signing of Cristiano Ronaldo. The superstar effect was realized and the eyes of other players were on him.
The lure is so strong that even players who are not in the twilight of their careers and are still competitive on the European stage are joining the Saudi league.
As if in competition, clubs in the Saudi Arabian league rolled up their sleeves to sign superstars and started building a super-luxury army.
Al Ittahad led the way. They signed Karim Benzema, a former Real Madrid goalkeeper.
More recently, Neymar joined the ranks of oil money when he left Paris Saint-Germain for Al Hilal after parting ways with Lee Kang-in.
The English Premier League (EPL) has also fallen victim to Saudi Arabia’s oil money raids.
N’Golo Kante, Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy, Roberto Firmino, Leo Neves, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Riyad Mahrez, and many others have left the EPL and fallen prey to the lure of oil money.
Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad pushed for Salah, the EPL’s top scorer.
Al Ittihad insisted on giving Salah the best possible deal. They were willing to pay him a salary similar to that of Ronaldo and Neymar.
Neymar left PSG for Al Hilal and reportedly earned a salary of around 220 million.
Al Ittihad continued to sway Liverpool to sign Salah. However, their efforts were fruitless and fell through.
The club hasn’t given up. They are waiting for the January transfer window. This time, they’re determined to get Salah.카지노
Salah is reportedly open to the idea of moving to Al Ittihad, which would give the club a boost in the Saudi league.
Al Ittihad have also expressed interest in Son Heung-min.
The club reportedly prepared a four-year contract with a transfer fee of €60 million and an annual salary of €30 million to sign Son.
However, Son has ruled out a move to Saudi Arabia and has vowed to stay in the EPL.
“I’m not ready to go to the Saudi Arabian league yet. I like the EPL. I still have a lot of work to do,” he said, denying the transfer rumors.
“I once heard (Ki) Sung-yong say that he wouldn’t go to China as a national team captain. It’s better to play in your favorite league than for money,” he said, leaving behind a quote that will surely be remembered.