Riyad Mahrez Set To Join Saudi Side, Al-Ahli With A Whopping £43m Per Year Deal

Mahrez with Pep Guardiola
Mahrez with Pep Guardiola (Credit: Reuters)

Algerian and Manchester City winger, Riyad Mahrez is set to hit the big money with a move to Saudi top side, Al-Ahli

The 32-year-old has reportedly been offered a mind blowing £43m per year deal to join the Saudi team which is ambitiously aiming to top the Saudi League in the new season after just gaining promotion to the Saudi top-tier.

Al-Ahli are said to have offered £30m in transfer fees to Manchester United while agreeing personal terms of £43m per year with the dazzling left footed winger. That is certainly a lot of money to be made in a single season.

Al-Ahli is one of the big clubs which have been taken over by the Saudi Government owned Public Investment Fund (PIF). The PIF has pumped serious money in the clubs and league to attract some of the best players around the world to the Middle Eastern country.

Recall that some of the biggest names in world soccer like Christiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and  Kalidou Koulibaly have all made big money  moves to the Middle East this summer.  The list of big-time players from the best European leagues moving to the Saudi League does not seem to be slowing down one bit.

Riyad Mahrez just won the treble with Manchester City after arriving at the club from Leicester City in 2018. Mahrez has made 238 appearances with 78 goals and 59 assists for Manchester City.

This move is certainly one of the really big moves to the Saudi League which will now certainly attract television coverage bringing in new broadcast cash to the Saudi League and club sides.

However, it is still unclear how Manchester City will react to the Saudi offer as Mahrez is one of the most dependable players that can come from the bench to change the course of a game. He has proven himself time and time again for the Pep Guardiola led side.

The dilemma for Manchester City would be targeting a new player to replace the utility role played by Mahrez in their run up to the treble.

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