PSG star Neymar could be Saudi Arabia's next big summer signing

PSG star Neymar could be Saudi Arabia's next big summer signing
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12 June, 2023
Neymar - currently the world's most expensive player - could join Ronaldo and Benzema as one of the biggest names in football competing in the Saudi Pro League next season.
Brazil star Neymar could be heading to Saudi Arabia [Getty]

Brazilian football legend Neymar could be the next star heading to Saudi Arabia, according to media reports.

Saudi Pro League side Al-Hilal have set their sights on Neymar after their summer target Lionel Messi snubbed the Riyadh club in favour for a move to US Major League Soccer, CBS Soccer reported.

Saudi officials are believed to be in Paris in a bid to entice the world's most expensive player to Riyadh with a huge wage offer that could match Cristiano Ronaldo's salary at Al-Nassr.

Paris Saint Germain might be tempted to release the 31-year-old for an offer of around 45 million euros ($49 million) from the Saudi club, according to the site, despite paying a staggering 222 million euros ($239 million) for the Brazilian six-years-ago.

Neymar could earn 200 million euros a year at Al-Nassr, a salary similar to Ronaldo's who plays at Riyadh rivals Al-Nassr.Saudi football officials have been reportedly keen to attract a big name to Al-Hilal to add spice to the Riyadh derby.

Last week, Jeddah side Al-Ittihad announced that they had signed French international Karim Benzema for around 100 million euros a year.

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Riyadh is looking to attract some of the biggest names in football to make the Saudi Pro League one of the top ten domestic leagues in the world.

The Public Investment Fund (PFI) purchased four of the kingdom's most successful clubs this month, with a huge budget for salaries.

Saudi clubs will be able to tap into a fund of $1 billion to attract around 20 world-famous names in football, The New York Times has reported.

Former England star and now out-of-work manager Steven Gerrard could also be preparing for a move to Saudi Arabia, which follows the shock signing of Ronaldo for Al-Nassr early this year.