Saudi Pro League set to miss out on Kevin Bruyne transfer from Manchester City – Paper Round – Eurosport
De Bruyne set to turn down Saudi move
The Sun reports that Kevin De Bruyne is likely to refuse any offers from Saudi Arabian sides, because he is keen to remain with Manchester City.
“The Manchester City prize guy has just one year left on his contract at the end of the season and is tipped to become the next big-name Premier League target for the Saudis.
“But sources close to the 32-year-old Belgian insist he has no interest in chasing the Middle East millions.
“De Bruyne will have completed a decade at City by the time his current deal ends yet feels he can play at the top level well into his thirties.
“He is the champions’ top earner and signing him would be a massive coup for the Saudi Arabian league.”
Liverpool given encouragement over Trindade
Liverpool could move for Fluminense midfielder Andre Trindade this winter, according to the Mirror.
“The Reds pushed hard to sign midfielders in the summer transfer window and ended up landing four. Alexis Mac Allister, Dominik Szoboszlai, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch all arrived to bolster Jurgen Klopp’s options in the middle of the park following an exodus in the position.
“Liverpool knew they were losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita and James Milner, but were not bargaining on the departures of Jordan Henderson and Fabinho. As a result, they were busy towards the end of the window finding midfield targets.
“That search led them to Brazil, where Andre was catching the eye for Fluminense.”
Richarlison attracted Saudi interest
Tottenham’s Brazilian striker was a target for Saudi side Al-Ittihad, but the move did not have enough time to be completed.
“The Saudi Arabia club, who had a £150 million bid for Salah turned down by Liverpool a week before the deadline, looked at alternatives when it became clear they would have to wait for their No. 1 target, with Richarlison seen as an alternative as the clock ran down.
“After talks through intermediaries, the deal for the Brazil striker – who started against Bolivia in a World Cup qualifier over the weekend – ran out of time and did not progress before Thursday night’s 10pm deadline.
“But interest in Richarlison is further evidence of the ambition among Saudi Pro League clubs in getting the world’s biggest names to the Middle East. The 26-year-old played at the World Cup with Brazil and is their first-choice striker.”
Trabzonspor target Southampton forward
With a few days left of the Turkish transfer window to do business, Trabzonspor are keen on Southampton’s forward Paul Onuachu.
“The 29-year-old striker was signed for £18 million in January after scoring at nearly a goal-a-game at Belgian side Genk but failed to find the net in 11 Premier League appearances.
“With Che Adams staying at the club and Ross Stewart signed from Sunderland, the Championship club are happy to let him discuss a move with Trabzonspor who also signed Arsenal’s Nicolas Pepe on Friday.
“The Turkish transfer widow is open until September 15 allowing English clubs to offload surplus players before naming their 25-name squads.”