The transfer markets are in full swing across the football world with some big money moves happening in Europe, the MLS and another country that has captured everyone’s attention in the last year, Saudi Arabia.
The project in Saudi is well underway as they are working to bring in some of the world’s biggest names and make the league an attractive offer for players and ultimately fans. It’s an interesting project because they have already had some success in securing big names to the league.
Of course Cristiano Ronaldo joined Al-Nassr, and he has been followed by Ballon d’Or winner Benzema, along with Roberto Firmino, Kante, Jota, Ruben Neves and Jordan Henderson.
With the huge money being offered to players we know that is going to be one of the big pulls for attracting talent, but as the league becomes stronger they are hoping to make a case that the league is going to be one of the more competitive in the world with top players.
China attempted something similar a few years ago, but Saudi Arabia is trying to do it a little bit differently as they’re also investing in the lower leagues to bring in more talent that can rise up. They want to focus on the present but also the future, and it’s going to be interesting to see how far they can take it.
They have offered lower-league players good money and property to live in, which can make a big difference to the players at that level and be the best option for them.
It’s possible that there will be a snowball effect as more and more talent arrives it will make the league more attractive to other, new talents.
For example Al Ahli’s front three will now look like Roberto Firmino, Rihad Mahrez and Allan Saint-Maximin. This attacking trio would be feared in the Premier League or La Liga, so you can see the quality that’s going to be on display in the league.
The big surprise is it’s not just players at the end of their careers, there are young talents who are arguably in their prime heading out there. There is a bit of a rush for players this summer and we’ll soon see how much talent they can attract by the end of the window.