In a surprising turn of events, Arab football has turned its attention to three pillars of Real Madrid: Luka Modric, Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba. Following Karim Benzema’s transfer to Al-Ittihad, the white club are concerned that Saudi Arabia could further threaten their squad.
According to central defense reports, Saudi Arabia has these three standout players in their sights. This trend shows that football in the Gulf is here to stay, consolidating itself as an attractive destination for both late-career players, such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, and those at the peak of their career, such as Rúben Neves. Sergej Milinkovic -Savic or Allan Saint-Maximin.
Saudi Arabia is chasing three Real Madrid stars
The economic strength of Arab teams is practically unparalleled in the world of football and this situation is causing concern among European clubs. Real Madrid are no exception, especially after losing Benzema this summer who made a surprise move to Al-Ittihad. Now the shadow of Arab football hangs over three outstanding Madrid players.
Antonio Rudiger and David Alaba, the merengue team’s centre-backs, are targeted in this new wave of interest. Both came to the club as free agents from Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively. Several Middle Eastern teams tried to lure them over the summer and the offers are expected to materialize from next year.
Luka Modric, the Croatian legend and linchpin of Madrid’s midfield, is also facing an uncertain situation. At 37 and with his contract lengthening season after season, his time in the Spanish capital could be coming to an end. The arrival of Jude Bellingham has sparked speculation about Modric’s future and Saudi Arabia appear to be waiting with open arms to welcome the maestro into their ranks.
Arab football has become a dominant force in the transfer market and its financial strength could drastically change the global football landscape. As Real Madrid seeks to maintain its stability and competitiveness, Saudi Arabia’s shadow is darkening and threatening to rob the team of three of its valuable strengths.