The world of soccer has been abuzz with discussions surrounding Saudi clubs attracting prominent European players. The exodus to the Saudi League has raised eyebrows and sparked debates, with even figures like Barcelona President Joan Laporta expressing concerns about this trend. However, an unexpected voice has emerged in support of these transfers – Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta.
Cristiano Ronaldo‘s move to Al Nassr catalyzed a series of significant signings in the Saudi Pro League. This influx of big-money transfers has turned the spotlight on the Saudi league, signaling a potential shift in the landscape of European soccer.
As the summer transfer window edges towards closure, Premier League clubs have until September 1 to complete their incoming transfers. However, the window for receiving bids from Saudi clubs remains open for an additional 19 days. Amidst this context, an important question arises. Should FIFA step in to protect clubs from the financial allure of the Saudi market?
When asked about FIFA’s potential intervention to safeguard clubs from the Saudi market, Mikel Arteta made his response apparent. He firmly stated, “No, never. They have the right to compete and spend, just as Premier League clubs are entitled to.”