Paul Pogba: A Potential Move to Saudi Arabia Pro League?
Paul Pogba, the Juventus midfielder, has emerged as a major target for Saudi Arabia’s Pro League. This news comes amidst a wave of high-profile transfers to the Middle East, with players like Karim Benzema and N’Golo Kante making the move.
The Allure of the Pro League
The Saudi Pro League has been attracting some of Europe’s elite talent, with Cristiano Ronaldo making a high-profile switch at the beginning of 2023. The nation’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), which also owns Newcastle United, has been investing heavily in the Pro League’s top clubs, including Al Ittihad, Al Ahli, Al Nassr, and Al Hilal.
Pogba’s Time at Juventus
Pogba’s return to Juventus from Manchester United last summer has been fraught with injuries and controversies. The Frenchman started just one Serie A game last season and was dropped from Juventus’ squad for their Europa League knockout tie with Freiburg due to disciplinary issues. Despite his struggles, Pogba has expressed his desire to stay in Turin and prove his worth.
The Potential Move
With Juventus looking at a potential rebuild this summer, the opportunity to offload Pogba, one of their highest earners, to Saudi Arabia may prove tempting. A potential transfer would be a significant coup for the Pro League, which has been securing big-name signings on free transfers.
Players moving to Saudi Arabia can expect substantial paydays. Benzema has moved to Saudi Arabia on a deal worth in excess of £250,000-a-day without tax, and Kante will follow suit when he officially puts pen to paper. Pogba can expect a similar pay day should he end up making the move to the Middle East.