Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne are Saudi Arabia’s top transfer targets for 2024
The Saudi Pro League are plotting more big-name signings ahead of next year with three Premier League stars on their wish list.
This summer saw a long list of players leave Europe to make the move to Saudi Arabia.
The Premier League alone saw a mini-exodus, including high-profile names such as Jordan Henderson, N’Golo Kante, Fabinho, Riyad Mahrez, Ruben Neves and Roberto Firmino.
Cristiano Ronaldo led the way after signing for Al Nassr late last year after his Manchester United contract was ripped up and the Saudi Pro League’s ambitions have only grown.
And there are further transfers being mooted by Public Investment Fund-backed clubs in the country, with Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne top of their wish lists, talkSPORT understands.
As well as the two Premier League supremos, Newcastle striker Callum Wilson has also been tipped for a Saudi transfer.
As many as three clubs are interested in the 31-year-old, talkSPORT understands, though it remains to be seen whether Wilson will entertain a move to the Middle East.
Newcastle are owned by the same PIF who are bankrolling some of Saudi Arabia’s top clubs while Allan Saint-Maximin signed for Al Ahli from St. James’ Park this summer.
It is no surprise to see Salah heavily linked with a move to Saudi Arabia after a late plot to snap him up from Liverpool in the summer transfer window.
A bid worth up to £150million was offered by Al Ittihad but the Reds turned it down – but whether they can hold off Saudi clubs next year remains to be seen.
But a move for De Bruyne will be equally as worrying for City, who have counted on the Belgian maestro over the last eight years.
The 32-year-old has made 358 appearances for City, scoring 96 and assisting 153 and is recognised as arguably one of the best midfielders in Premier League history.
De Bruyne is currently sidelined with an injury that could see him return after Christmas, though Pep Guardiola’s side remain in perfect form in the Premier League so far.
As for Wilson, Al Qadsiah are a potential destination where Robbie Fowler is in charge.
While they are in the second division, they do not rely on centralised funding from PIF and are backed by Aramco.
They are currently top of their league and are heavy favourites to gain promotion and are expected to spend as lavishly as the Saudi Pro League clubs should they make it to the top tier.
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