Saudi Arabia attracts top EU sports stars
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Saudi Arabia sets sporting strategy by attracting EU stars for FIFA 2030

(Last Updated On: October 11, 2023)

Saudi Arabia is making waves in the transfer market by investing substantial amounts of money to sign established European stars. This strategic move aims to enhance the country’s sporting profile and lay the groundwork for a bid to host the FIFA World Cup 2030.

Attracting notable players

In recent weeks, clubs from the Saudi Arabia have successfully secured the services of notable players such as Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Kalidou Koulibaly, and Ruben Neves. Moreover, there are expectations that more players, including Hakim Ziyech, Marcelo Brozovic, Sergio Ramos, and others, will soon join their ranks.

Recent reports have emerged indicating that Saudi Arabian clubs have set their sights on Barcelona superstar Robert Lewandowski. Polish journalist Tomasz Wlodarczyk even reports that Saudi Arabia has offered Lewandowski an enormous contract worth €150 million per year.

However, the 34-year-old striker has promptly dismissed any interest in negotiating a potential transfer with the Middle Eastern nation. Despite his remarkable success at Barcelona and a fantastic debut season, the captain of the Polish national team has no intention of seeking a change of scenery.

Other priorities

When asked about the Saudi interest in a recent interview, Lewandowski outright denied its existence, stating, “There was no such topic. So I don’t think about it because why should I think about it when there is no topic? Especially since my contract still has a long duration. I’m aware of what’s happening [in Arabia], but it doesn’t concern me at the moment. I have other priorities.”

Following his move to Barcelona from Bayern Munich in the summer of 2022, Lewandowski concluded his debut season in Spain with an impressive tally of 33 goals across all competitions. His contribution of 23 goals in La Liga played a pivotal role in securing the league title for the Catalans, also earning him the prestigious Pichichi Trophy.

Lewandowski’s contract with Barcelona extends until 2026, with an option for an additional year, and he currently has no plans to depart from the club in the foreseeable future.

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