The Saudis are on the attack again: These are the nine stars who could be moving to Asia in January


Saudi Arabia succeeded in its initial plans to bring many of the biggest names in football to the Saudi Arabian Super League and at the start of the January transfer window will launch new attacks on world stars.

The Sun analyzed nine of the world’s top footballers who could switch clubs in January and join their peers playing in Saudi Arabia. The analyzes are based on the offers already received from this Asian country, negotiations from this summer, but also new meetings that the media are writing about.

Of course, the first on the list of greats is the name of Kylian Mbappe, whose future has never been clarified. Mbappe was also linked with Al-Hilal in the summer and his PSG are believed to have accepted a bid of around €280m for the striker, but he rejected it.

The Saudis will go for the Frenchman again this winter and whether they will convince him to join this time around remains to be seen.

There are many unknowns surrounding Mohamed Salah and his future at Liverpool. The Egyptian’s supposed desire for a change of scenery has long been mentioned and the Saudis will do everything to bring him in as early as January.

With just over a year left on his contract with Liverpool, it is believed that he will take the opportunity at Anfield for perhaps Salah’s last major trophy before his contract expires.

Jadon Sancho is one of those players who will most likely change environment. Although still young, Sancho has yet to prove himself at Manchester United and a move to Saudi Arabia appears to be an ideal opportunity for all parties.

After a public falling out with Erik ten Hag, Sancho is likely to leave the club, with two teams vying for his signature. It is the team Al-Hilal and his former club Borussia Dortmund.

During the summer, legendary Croatian footballer Luka Modric turned down the contract of his life from Saudi Arabia. He continued with Real Madrid, but it seems that the collaboration will soon end.


The media speculate that Modric should be the next big star because he already has several offers on the table and will be able to choose.

The most certain transfer in Saudi Arabia is that of Casemiro from United because the club director John Murtough was already in Saudi Arabia and discussed the transfer. Now it all depends on the Brazilian who is considering an offer from Asia.

United centre-back Raphael Varane could go to Saudi Arabia in a “package” with Casemiro.

Sources close to Old Trafford reported that the Frenchman is almost certain to leave the club and that an offer of around £20m is sufficient.

Tottenham Hotspur legend Hugo Lloris has fallen completely into oblivion and will change clubs in January.

The veteran, 36, received a huge offer from Saudi Arabia and is likely to accept it in January.

Arsenal’s Thomas Partey informed the club last month that he wanted to leave the Emirates.

The footballer from Ghana has received an offer of around 40 million euros per season from Saudi Arabia and it seems that he will move to the Asian country.

Thiago Alcantara is the latest in a string of names linked with a move to Saudi Arabia.

The Liverpool star is yet to make an appearance this season due to injury, and is said to have been lured away by the wealthy Saudis and would accept a suitable offer as early as January. Also, Liverpool would accept him not leaving completely for free next summer.