The summer transfer window in Europe closed after midnight on Friday, but clubs could still see their stars lured away in the coming days.
While Europe’s top leagues, including the Premier League, saw the transfer window close on September 1, Saudi Arabia’s transfer window is open until September 20.
Meanwhile, the league’s official website states that teams have until Thursday, September 7 to sign players.
Either way, the four state-backed (PIF) clubs still have at least a week to lure Europe’s most sought-after stars to their league.
The English media have compiled a list of the top five players who could secure a move to Saudi Arabia despite the close of the transfer window.
The most obvious and high profile departure would be Mohamed Salah. Liverpool rejected a €150m bid for Salah from Saudi League club Al-Ittihad on the final day of the summer transfer window.
Liverpool remain adamant that the Egyptian is not for sale, but it is said that Al-Ittihad could return with a £200m offer in the coming days – an offer that could be too good for the Reds to refuse.
Another Liverpool star who has been linked with a move to Saudi side Al-Ittihad is French centre-back Ibrahima Konate.
Indeed, the Saudi club were turned down by Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo and identified Konate as an alternative option. News of the upcoming move has since died down, but Al-Ittihad could revive their interest these days.
Another player who has been linked with the Saudi Arabian Super League is Arsenal’s Gabriel Magalhaes. The Gunners are aware of Saudi interest in the Brazilian but were under no pressure to sell him.
Additionally, SportMail reported that Arsenal are considering terminating Nicolas Pepe’s contract after the player tried to seal a move earlier in the day.
The winger, who was signed for over €80 million from Lille in 2019, spent last season on loan at Nice in Ligue 1. Pepe, who started just five Premier League games in his final season at the Emirates , may be available as a free transfer.
One player who could also seal a move after the transfer window closes is Hugo Lloris, despite the World Cup winner not being linked with a move to Saudi Arabia.
According to The Times, should Lloris not find a new club this summer, there is a possibility he could terminate his contract with Tottenham by mutual consent and move elsewhere on a free transfer.