Kevin de Bruyne and Mohamed Salah, the stars of Manchester City and Liverpool respectively, will soon be leaving the Premier League to play in the Saudi Pro League, where a few sacks of dollars will be waiting for them.
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According to British newspaper The Mirror, De Bruyne and Salah will follow in the footsteps of their former teammates Riyad Mahrez and Jordan Henderson, who left the Citizens and Reds tempted by the Saudi Arabian league’s economic power.
In a post, The Mirror explains that the Saudi Pro League has already done some serious damage to the Premier League this summer by signing several high-profile figures with huge salaries. In addition, he warns with concern that everything seems to indicate that the exodus of star players is not over yet.
Following the loss of Mahrez, Manchester City technical director Josep Guardiola predicted that more players would leave for the Middle Eastern country in the future.
“Saudi Arabia has changed the market. A few months ago, when Cristiano Ronaldo left, no one thought there would be so many high quality players in the Saudi league,” said the Spanish coach, who also alerted clubs in Europe to the situation.
The Mirror also notes that apart from City, other Premier League clubs are gearing up for new strikes from the Saudi league, which is so rich that no player in the Old Continent is out of its reach.
In England, not only the players are worried, but also the technical directors, as the Saudi Professional League has already accepted, among others, Steven Gerrard, Nuno Espirito Santo and Robbie Fowler.
In the specific case of De Bruyne and Salah, a well-known newspaper calculated that both would emigrate to Saudi territory in the next year’s transfer window.
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