Saudi Arabia’s ‘oil money’ continues to lure players. Al Ittihad, who offered Son Heung-min a staggering 180 million euros in transfer fees and salary, have confirmed the signing of N’Golo Kante, 32, a top defensive midfielder.
“Chelsea midfielder Kante has agreed to join Saudi Arabia’s Al Ittihad,” the British public broadcaster BBC said in a breaking news report on Nov. 21 (ET). Earlier, Al Ittihad announced the signing of Kante through their official channels. Kante has reportedly signed a four-year contract with Al Ittihad.
Al Ittihad is a powerhouse in the Saudi Arabian league, having won nine Saudi League titles, 10 King’s Cups, and two Asian Football Confederation (AFC) titles. Currently, Al Ittihad is led by Nuno Santu, a former Tottenham manager who is well known to Korean fans. 메이저사이트
Al Ittihad is the latest in a long line of Saudi Arabian league teams to sign European soccer stars. Flush with oil money, teams in the Saudi Arabian league have been signing top stars. The trend started after Al Nasr signed Cristiano Ronaldo. They also made a huge offer for Lionel Messi, but it fell through.
However, Al Ittihad have made some of the most aggressive and significant moves of late. They brought in Karim Benzema from Real Madrid and then succeeded in bringing in N’Golo Kante from Chelsea. Al Ittihad also recently made a big deal for Son Heung-min, with a transfer fee and four years of salary totaling €180 million. Of course, Son and Tottenham were quick to dismiss the offer. Son refused to go to Saudi Arabia, saying that “money is not everything.
However, Benzema and Kante were not the only ones to reject Al Ittihad’s offer. Kante became a breakout star in the 2015-2016 season, leading Leicester City to the EPL title. He moved to Chelsea shortly thereafter and became a Chelsea icon. He won the EPL title in his first season with the Blues in 2016-2017, making it two consecutive EPL titles with different teams. He went on to win the UEFA Europa League (UEL) and the UEFA Champions League (UCL). 안전놀이터추천
However, Kante couldn’t resist the lure of Saudi Arabia, as the offer was too good to be true. Kante will reportedly earn a gross annual salary of around €100 million over four years.