Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba is the newest high-profile target for Saudi Arabia’s Pro League, according to numerous press reports.
N’Golo Kante is also on the verge of joining Karim Benzema in moving from Real Madrid to Al Ittihad on a three-year contract. A wave of high-profile players are anticipated to follow their lead and move to the Middle East to play like Cristiano Ronaldo, who made the high-profile move at the beginning of 2023.
Saudi Arabian leaders want to bolster their ranks with more of the best talent from Europe, and insiders have verified that Pogba is firmly on their radar.
The 30-year-old’s season has been marred by injuries and controversies since his return to Juventus from Manchester United in the summer of last year.
The Frenchman started just one Serie A game last season, and earlier in the year due to disciplinary troubles, he was left off Juventus’ roster for their Europa League quarterfinal match against Freiburg.
Pogba has said he wants to stay in Turin and establish his worth despite his difficulties, but Juve have had a turbulent season marred by off-field scandals. In the end, they manifested themselves on the playing surface in the shape of a ten-point deduction for financial infractions.
Pogba, one of Juventus’ top paid players, may leave the club this summer as the club considers a potential reconstruction. After losing out on Champions League and Europa League action, Juventus will compete in the qualifiers for the Europa Conference League next season.
Pogba’s probable sale to Saudi Arabia may be alluring for Juventus, while a possible transfer would be a major victory for the Pro League.
The country’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which also owns Newcastle United, has pumped money into the top four Pro League clubs, Al Ittihad, Al Ahli, Al Nassr, and Al Hilal, so they won’t have any trouble paying high fees for any potential targets in the future.
Kante will follow Benzema by signing a contract worth more than £250,000 per day before taxes; should Pogba decide to travel to the Middle East, he may anticipate receiving a comparable salary. Benzema moved to Saudi Arabia on a deal worth more than £250,000 per day before taxes.