The Saudi Arabian football league has become very prominent in 2023 because of its activity in the transfer market. While this league has often signed players based on great salaries, they have upped the ante in recent months since the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo to Al-Nassr back in January, with players such as Wolves’ Ruben Neves, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema, Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson, and many more following suit.
However, perhaps the biggest possible transfer the Saudi league could do right now is signing Paris Saint Germain’s forward, Kylian Mbappe, who is widely considered the best player in the world these days. According to recent reports, Saudi side Al-Hilal made a record-breaking offer of 300 million Euros to PSG for Mbappe’s services, which the club has accepted. It would be up to the player to agree personal terms or not.
It’s been a complicated summer for the French starlet. He was recently left out of his club’s preseason camp because of a lack of willingness to sign a new contract. Mbappe’s contract is set to end in June of 2024 and there has been a constant interest from Real Madrid’s part to get his services, which has put the former AS Monaco man with his back against the wall, with no certainty about his future.
Then, the offer from Al-Hilal arrived. It is also worth pointing out that the offer also includes a wage packet of more than 700 million Euros for Mbappe, which would make him by far the best-paid football player in the history of the sport. This is more than any salary that players of the likes Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi ever had during their prime years.
— Kylian Mbappé (@KMbappe) July 24, 2023
In that regard, if accepted (it won’t), Mbappe would become the most expensive signing in the history of the sport, surpassing his current teammate, Neymar Jr., when he signed from FC Barcelona to PSG in the summer of 2017 for 222 million. There is no argument that if this transfer takes place, then the Saudi Arabian league’s desire to become one of the most competitive countries in football could be one major step closer to reality.
Mbappe could get a huge financial boost from this offer, but it would also hurt his career. He has not won the Champions League yet, and he wants to play for a top European team. That is why he will not join the Saudi league, and why he is likely to move to Real Madrid soon.
Despite Al Hilal delegation flying to Paris Kylian Mbappé has rejected to negotiate with Al Hilal ⛔️🇸🇦 #PSG
Mbappé has currently no intention to open talks despite €200m fixed salary proposal plus 100% image rights.
⚪️ PSG, convinced that Mbappé agreed terms with Real Madrid. pic.twitter.com/bsbF0zlreP
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 26, 2023
All in all, regardless of how this transfer pans out, there is no denying that Saudi Arabian football is making a lot of interesting moves to cement themselves as part of the sport’s elite, although time will tell if this strategy is going to work out for them.