Presented as the best championship in the world, the Premier League easily manages to attract the biggest stars of football. However, Saudi Arabia wants to compete with the influence of the English championship.
Since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo at Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia has had a very clear objective: to attract the most stars to its league. Karim Benzema is set to commit to Al-Ittihad while Lionel Messi is very close to Al-Hilal. In addition to these three legends, Saudi Arabia is also studying the possibility of bringing in players close to retirement such as Sergio Ramos, Luka Modric, Sergio Busquets or Jordi Alba. But to really compete with the Premier League which is returning to the forefront of the European scene, in particular thanks to the performance of Manchester City in the Champions League, the Saudi championship is preparing attractive offers for certain players who are currently playing in the Premier League. The Middle Eastern country is targeting the stars of the English league.
Saudi Arabia wants to steal Premier League stars
A PIF-led delegation are in London to offer N’Golo Kante a move to Saudi, as @FabrizioRomano first revealed.🇸🇦
Al-Nassr and Al-Ittihad both possibilities. Al-Nassr have wanted Kante since November. pic.twitter.com/phWkyySh78
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) June 6, 2023
According to information from Ben Jacobs and Fabrizio Romano, two specialists in the transfer market, three players are targeted by the Saudi supremacy plan. Ikay Gundogan who is also courted by FC Barcelona, N’Golo Kanté who has been having many physical problems lately as well as Son Heung-min who is coming out of a very complicated 2022/2023 exercise with the Spurs and who will not play a European Cup next season. Clubs that are likely to offer big deals to these Premier League players are Al Nassr and Al-Ittihad. The CR7 club has also recently offered two years to N’Golo Kanté while Chelsea hopes to extend the French midfielder. Saudi Arabia clearly plans to expand its empire and compete with, if not surpass, European football in the years to come.