Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher, in his latest tweet appears to be worried with the swapping of Premier League players for the Saudi Pro-League and is calling on UEFA and Premier League to stop sports washing.
The prospect of a Bernado Silva transfer to Saudi Arabia has seemingly triggered the debate of how Saudi clubs are on a shopping spree in European football. This is because Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund took over the management of the country’s biggest clubs.
The league which is ranked 58th in the world was able to pull five time Ballon d’Or winner -Cristiano Ronaldo with a two and a half year contract worth £177m per year. His form teammate Karim Benzema followed suit and joined Al-Ittihad on a three year deal worth £172milliom per year.
Lionel Messi was also on Saudis radar. According to Daily Mail, Al-Hilal tabled a record £2 billion deal for Messi but he turned it down.
The league has now added N’golo Kante and Ruben Neves to their ranks and it is reported more high profile players are in talks.
Neves’ move was met which criticism as fans were quick to remind the former Wolves player of his desire to play in the Champions League.. He was the first player under-30 player to join the league and it seems Bernado Silva will add onto the list.
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Carragher’s fellow Sky Sports reporter Gary Neville has also called for an embargo to be placed on the moves from Premier League to Saudi Arabia until the source funding the transfers can be identified.