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While Ronaldo wants to leave, City star wanted in Saudi Arabia

By Liam Styles

While Ronaldo wants to leave, City star wanted in Saudi Arabia

The player is already being unveiled in the coming days in the Middle East.

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The Saudi Arabian league is becoming a paradise for big stars who have shone in Europe. Their economic might is dominating world football and they are tempting clubs and players all over the planet, so they could dominate the business in the next few years.

First it was Cristiano Ronaldo to Al-Nassr, where he was the spokesman of the region and one of the most important signings of recent times. Although he underperformed and finished second, he showed that there could be interest from fans to see a new style of football.

Then it was Karim Benzema, who will be the Portuguese star's counterpart at Al-Ittihad. The newly-crowned Arab champions, who may have a ticket to the Club World Cup, will make the league competitive, even with N'Golo Kanté joining him as another big signing.

Despite rumours that Ronaldo wants to go back to Europe with Newcastle United, the sheikhs want to add more talent to the league. That is why they are going with a UEFA Champions League winner who would be available for the next summer transfer window with Josep Guardiola's endorsement.

European champions going to the Middle East

Reporter Fabrizio Romano reports that Riyad Mahrez is in talks to join Al-Hilal next season. Although negotiations are ongoing, there is still no official announcement on the future of the Algerian player who had lost his first-team place this season with the Citizens.
 


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