Friday, September 29, 2023

Top ten most expensive Saudi Arabia deals this summer including Neymar, Mahrez and Mane

The transfer window in Saudi Arabia has now closed with a huge amount of world-class talent making the move to the Middle East this summer.

Following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo in January, things have drastically changed for Saudi clubs who have now invested over £700million into more of Europe’s best players.

England star Henderson left Liverpool to join Al EttifaqAl Ettifaq

From the Premier League, Manchester City treble-winners Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte both made the switch to Al Ahli and Al Nassr respectively. 

Liverpool lost two stars to Saudi Arabia as Jordan Henderson and Fabinho followed former teammate Roberto Firmino to the Middle East. 

Former Reds captain Henderson is now reportedly earning a whopping £700,000-a-week at Steven Gerrrard’s Al Ettifaq. 

N’Golo Kante, Kalidou Koulibaly and Edouard Mendy all left Chelsea to join Saudi sides as the Blues cleared out their ever-growing squad. 

Elsewhere in Europe, superstars Neymar and Karim Benzema left PSG and Real Madrid to spearhead Saudi Arabian football alongside icon Ronaldo. 

Many more star names made the move to Saudi Arabia from European sides and here are the top ten most expensive deals of the summer…

10. Sadio Mane – Bayern Munich to Al Nassr – £25m

Mane joined Ronaldo at Al Nassr this summerGetty

9. Riyad Mahrez – Manchester City to Al Ahli – £30m

Mahrez is joined by Firmino and Allan Saint-Maximin at Al AhliGetty

8. Gabri Veiga – Celta Vigo to Al Ahli – £34m

Veiga was wanted by Chelsea and Man City but chose a Saudi moveGetty

7. Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Lazio to Al Hilal – £34m 

Milinkovic-Savic now partners Ruben Neves in Al Hilal’s midfieldGetty

6. Fabinho – Liverpool to Al Ittihad – £40m

Fabinho’s exit left Liverpool without a defensive midfielderGetty

5. Aleksandar Mitrovic – Fulham to Al Hilal – £45m

Mitrovic forced through his move to Al Hilal, refusing to play for Fulham

4. Ruben Neves – Wolves to Al Hilal – £47m

Neves was the first Premier League star to make the shock moveAFP

3. Malcom – Zenit St. Petersburg to Al Hilal – £51m

Malcom has gone from Barcelona to Al Hilal in four yearsGetty

2. Otavio – Porto to Al Nassr – £51m

Otavio has given up Champions League football to play in Saudi ArabiaGetty

1. Neymar – Paris Saint Germain to Al Hilal – £86m

Neymar was the biggest star to head to Saudi Arabia this summerGetty

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