Why is Saudi Pro League signing Premier League stars?

Gary Neville may have asked the Premier League to stop players from going to Saudi Arabia for “integrity” reasons, but so far in a busy week of deals, there is no sign of that happening.

Why is Saudi Pro League signing Premier League stars?

Ruben Neves, the captain of Wolves, signed with Al-Hilal on Friday for £47 million, which was a record for the Molineux side.

Edouard Mendy, the goalie for Chelsea, is the latest big name in Europe to be linked to a move to the Saudi Pro League.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and N’Golo Kante have already signed up. They are all big names but are getting close to the end of their careers. Before Lionel Messi moved to the US, there was talk that he would too.

But there is also interest in a rising number of players at their best, such as Kalidou Koulibaly, Hakim Ziyech, and Thomas Partey, all of whom play for Chelsea.

It shows how much the league wants to be one of the five best in the world.

Neville, on the other hand, is one of the people who want to know what all this possible action means.

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, which owns Newcastle United, announced in June that it would take over four of the country’s top teams, including Al-Nassr, which signed Ronaldo in December.

It’s not clear if PIF has a stake in the company that owns Chelsea in the end, the private equity firm Clearlake Capital, but club sources have denied any direct participation.

Neville told BBC Sport earlier this week that the Premier League should put a ban on moves to Saudi Arabia right away to make sure the game isn’t hurt.

“It should be checked to see if the deals are right.

“If that goes through, it’s clear that trades could start up again. But I do think that right now, moves should be stopped until you look into Chelsea’s ownership structure and see if there are any improper transfers that benefit the club.

 

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