Adrian Jacupi, Media365 Published on Sunday September 10, 2023 at 10:21 am.
After making Mo Salah their top priority, Al-Ittihad were forced to turn to another Premier League striker, Richarlison.
The rain of stars is not stopping in Saudi Arabia. Already the author of a five-star transfer window with the arrivals of Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, Fabinho, Jota and most recently Luiz Felipe, Al-Ittihad are still determined to strengthen their squad a little more. Nuno Espirito Santos’ side, who spent “only” 100 million euros this summer, are literally ready to break the bank to attract another big name in world football. The reigning Saudi Pro League champions did everything possible to recruit Mohamed Salah, even presenting a check worth more than 150 million euros for the Liverpool striker. But he faced a categorical refusal from the Reds, determined to keep his Egyptian jewels regardless of the amount offered. That is insufficient to curb the desires of the Saudi club, which has already planned a return to charge for the Pharaohs scorer (88 caps, 49 goals) with an offer of more than 200 million euros next winter. Enough to change the minds of Mercy leaders?
Plan B Richardson
Despite everything, the team of Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante considered Plan B in case of failure in the Mo Salah file. According to English media, Wire, Al-Ittihad reportedly identified Richarlison as a replacement for the Egyptian winger. The Brazilian striker was transferred from Everton to Tottenham for a high price in July 2022, having had a mixed first year in north London under Harry Kane’s shadow (35 matches, 3 goals, 3 assists in all competitions), now moves to Bayern Munich Are . Despite these disappointing performances and an average start to the season, the 26-year-old has maintained a good standing abroad and especially in the Saudi Pro League. In Saudi Arabia, Richarlison could revive a stalled career with a view to keeping his place in the Seleção ahead of the 2024 Copa America.