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Sergej Milinković-Savić is moving to Saudi Arabia

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Sergej Milinković-Savić is the latest big-name player to move to Saudi Arabia. (Yukihito Taguchi-USA TODAY Sports)

Sergej Milinković-Savić is moving to Saudi Arabia

Sergej Milinković-Savić is the latest big-profile player to have moved to Saudi Arabia this summer.

The Serbian midfielder has moved to Saudi Pro League club Al-Hilal from Lazio in Serie A. Al-Hilal has paid a transfer fee of €40 million ($44.51 million) to sign the 28-year-old.

Milinković-Savić has signed a three-year contract with the Saudi club with an option for a fourth year. He joins former Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly and former Wolves midfielder Rúben Neves as big-name players to join Al-Hilal this summer.

This is definitely an interesting transfer, to say the least. Most of the players who have moved to Saudi Arabia this summer are older and have already accomplished a lot in Europe–Karim Benzema, Roberto Firmino and N’Golo Kanté are all older players who have already won the Champions League, for example.

Milinković-Savić, however, is in his prime. Not only that, but he is an elite midfielder, someone who could definitely move to a bigger club to push for trophies. Big clubs have been linked with moves for the Serbian international in the past.

However, rather than moving to one of Europe’s elite clubs, Milinković-Savić has decided to move to the Saudi Pro League. He now headlines a growing list of younger players who are also moving to Saudi Arabia, including his teammate Neves and Portuguese player Jota, who moved to Al-Ittihad.

While I think Milinković-Savić should have stayed in Europe, it is hard to argue with the salary he has been given by Al-Hilal. The Saudi Pro League club is going to pay him around $26 million a year. He has obviously decided that this amount of money is well worth the move to Saudi Arabia even though he is still good enough to play at an elite level in Europe.

It looks like Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim that the Saudi Pro League is on the rise is true. The league continues to snap up star players like Milinković-Savić with each passing week.

Add the Saudi Pro League to your soccer viewership schedule next year, because with all of these stars moving to the league, you’re not going to want to miss the action.


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