Saudi Pro League Targets Premier League Stars in Summer Transfer Window

The Saudi Pro League (SPL) teams are setting their sights on a number of Premier League stars as they prepare for the upcoming summer transfer window. A source has revealed to ESPN that established players such as Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, and others are all key targets for next season. Additionally, there is also a push to sign younger talents, with Juventus’ 20-year-old forward Matías Soulé on the radar. The sources in Saudi Arabia are anticipating an aggressive transfer strategy, with a significant outlay on player fees expected.

Several SPL teams have identified areas for improvement in their squads. Al Ahli is reportedly in search of a striker, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr are keen on signing a goalkeeper. Al Ittihad is looking to bolster their defense with a centre-back and bring in a central midfielder. Meanwhile, Al Hilal, who made headlines by signing Neymar last summer, are currently dominating the SPL table, with a seven-point lead over Al Nassr. The teams in the SPL are owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth Public Investment Fund (PIF), which holds controlling stakes in Al Ittihad, Al Ahli, Al Nassr, and Al Hilal.

With Al Qadisiyah leading the second division and showing promise of promotion to the SPL, there are high expectations for the team to make significant investments in the summer transfer window. The club is backed by Saudi Aramco, the state-owned national oil company of Saudi Arabia, which has a valuation exceeding $2 trillion. The SPL is also looking to attract high-profile coaches to the league, with names like Thomas Tuchel, Sergio Conceicao, and Mauricio Pochettino being mentioned as potential candidates.

The SPL teams are gearing up for an active summer transfer window, aiming to strengthen their squads with a mix of established stars and promising young talent. With significant investments expected and ambitious targets in mind, the Saudi Pro League is poised to make a statement in the world of football.

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