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Neymar agrees deal to join Saudi Arabian club Al Hilal

The forward, 31, is undergoing his medical today after agreeing a deal to join Al Hilal from French giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).

Brazil’s Neymar is expected to become the league’s latest high-profile signing.

The 31-year-old attacker has secured a two-year contract with Al Hilal after leaving French giants Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).
Neymar is having his medical today and is anticipated to be relocated within the next 48 hours.

According to Sky Sports News, PSG will receive up to £86.3 million for the Brazilian midfielder.

In 2017, the club paid a world-record-breaking £200 million for Neymar’s transfer from Barcelona.

Wages paid by Saudi clubs are frequently substantially higher than those available in European leagues.
According to Sky Sports News, Neymar will make €150 million (£129.2 million) each year in Saudi Arabia, which is six times his salary at PSG.

This summer, Al Hilal attempted to sign Neymar’s PSG teammates, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

However, Argentine striker Messi chose to join Inter Miami, while French player Mbappe is expected to continue at PSG despite contract negotiations.

Mbappe turned down a £258 million offer from the Saudi club in July.

Neymar is the latest high-profile player to seal a deal with Saudi Arabia this summer, following Jordan Henderson, Ruben Neves, and Roberto Firmino.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola stated last month that he believes an increasing number of “extraordinary players” will relocate to Saudi Arabia.

“I think the Saudi League has changed the market,” Guardiola explained.

“A lot of things happened unexpectedly. Only a few months or a year ago, when Cristiano (Ronaldo) was the only one to go, no one could have predicted the number of top players, excellent players, and remarkable players (who would play in the Saudi League.

“I believe it will become more common in the near future.”

TWELVE STARS NOW SIGNED TO SAUDI ARABIAN TEAMS

Cristiano Ronaldo – Al-Nassr. After his acrimonious departure from Manchester United, five-time Ballon D’Or winner Ronaldo headed to Saudi Arabia.

Karim Benzema – Al-Ittihad. Reigning Ballon D’Or winner Benzema left Real Madrid after his contract expired, having won five Champions League titles during his time there.

Jordan Henderson – Al-Ettifaq. The former Liverpool captain has signed a three-year deal, leaving Anfield after 12 years to link back up with former team-mate Steven Gerrard, who is now the Saudi club’s manager.

Riyad Mahrez – Al-Ahli. Mahrez is the latest high-profile Saudi recruit after Manchester City agreed a deal worth up to £30m for the Algerian winger, who had two years remaining on his contract.

N’Golo Kante – Al-Ittihad. Kante headed for the Gulf on a free transfer as he opted to leave Chelsea at the end of his deal.

Kalidou Koulibaly – Al Hilal. After a single season at Stamford Bridge, Senegal center-back Koulibaly left Chelsea for a fee in the region of £20m.

Ruben Neves – Al-Hilal. Portugal international Neves helped Wolves to win promotion from the Championship before enjoying five Premier League campaigns at Molineux, establishing himself as one of the best-regarded midfielders in the division.

Edouard Mendy – Al-Ahli. Mendy lost his place as first-choice goalkeeper at Chelsea after arriving at the club in 2020. He made just 10 Premier League appearances last season.

Marcelo Brozovic – Al-Nassr. Brozovic left Inter Milan after captaining the Serie A side in their Champions League final loss to Manchester City. The 30-year-old Croatia midfielder heads to Saudi Arabia after eight seasons and five major trophies in Italy.

Roberto Firmino – Al-Ahli. The highest-scoring Brazilian in Premier League history, Firmino was a firm favorite among Liverpool supporters after eight years at Anfield.

Jota – Al-Ittihad. After scoring 15 goals to help Celtic win a domestic treble, former Portugal youth international Jota made a £25m move at the start of July.

Sergej Milinkovic-Savic – Al-Hilal. Lazio’s player of the season in 2020-21 and 2021-22, Milinkovic-Savic will be turning out in the Saudi Pro League after a reported £34.3m transfer.

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