The Saudi Pro League coughed and European football shakes.
In a recent report, European football clubs are said to be preparing to call upon FIFA to introduce new regulations in response to the extravagant summer spending by teams in the Saudi Pro League.
The Saudi clubs have reportedly matched or even exceeded the spending of all other leagues, with the exception of the English Premier League, during the current transfer window.
The summer transfer window for Saudi clubs is set to close at 10 pm on Thursday, potentially leaving room for more significant deals to be completed before the deadline.
The Saudi Pro League has made headlines with marquee signings, including football stars like Karim Benzema, Neymar, and N’Golo Kante. Cristiano Ronaldo notably joined Al Nassr in January, while the league made a determined effort to secure Mohamed Salah from Liverpool.
An astounding bid of £150 million was submitted to Liverpool in an attempt to bring Salah to Al Ittihad before the English football deadline last week.
However, Liverpool swiftly rejected the offer, and it appears that the pursuit of Salah in this transfer window has been abandoned due to concerns about completing the deal in time, according to reports from Foot Mercato.
Now, European clubs are reportedly urging FIFA to introduce a new rule aimed at ensuring that Saudi clubs fulfill their payment obligations promptly.
This request comes amid concerns that Saudi clubs lack the same level of regulatory oversight as those governed by UEFA, which enforces strict rules, including a “no overdue payments rule.”
This rule mandates that clubs must meet their financial obligations to other clubs and creditors by agreed-upon deadlines.
Given the substantial sums of money involved in these transfers, major European clubs are seeking guarantees that payments will be made in a timely manner.
If such regulations were imposed, they could have a significant impact on clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea, both of which have sold several players to the Saudi Pro League for substantial fees during this summer transfer window.