Premier League urged to introduce new Saudi rule after Mohamed Salah saga

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The Premier League should ban any transfers to Saudi Arabia after the European transfer window has closed, Simon Jordan has suggested. Jordan has accused Saudi champions Al-Ittihad of ‘disrupting’ Liverpool’s start to the season with their audacious attempt to steal Mohamed Salah.

Liverpool were forced to deal with the uncertainty surrounding Salah’s future until September 7, an entire week after the British transfer window closed. Al-Ittihad launched a speculative £150million bid for the Egyptian, which was rejected, and reports claimed it would be followed by a whopping £200m proposal. 

However, no move materialised and Salah remains a Liverpool player. However, several Premier League figures are wary of the newly-established power of Saudi clubs who are able to lure the top-flight’s best talent. 

Jordan Henderson and Fabinho both left Liverpool for the Saudi riches. N’Golo Kante, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Ruben Neves were also among the stars who made the move to the Pro League. 

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However, former Crystal Palace owner Jordan has seen enough. He wants Premier League clubs to stop trading with their Saudi counterparts after the European transfer window has closed. 

“Premier League chief Richard Masters observed recently that we shouldn’t be concerned by the Saudis’ arrival. He’s wrong, of course we should be worried!,” Jordan wrote in the Daily Mail. 

“Masters was foolish to say that because the Saudis could easily destabilise the ecosystem of football. If they continue to pay mind-boggling salaries that are beyond the reach of the world’s biggest clubs then that will inevitably have a blowback effect on the economics of other leagues.

“So we need to start laying down some ground rules to our own clubs. A basic fundamental that could easily be introduced is preventing English clubs from trading with Saudi Arabia after the European transfer window closes. That is common sense and something central management in the Premier League should want to future-proof itself against the changes that are coming in our increasingly globalised society.

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Justifying the rule, Jordan added: “It would put a stop to the charade we saw last week surrounding Mo Salah and the fear Liverpool had of losing their star man in such a manner. 

“I don’t know whether it was ignorance, arrogance, naivety or plain show-boating on the part of the Saudis but it was disruptive to Liverpool and can easily be prevented from happening again by introducing that one simple measure.”

English clubs banked a quarter of a billion pounds from Saudi clubs during the summer transfer window. Al-Hilal’s £47m move for former Wolves midfielder Neves was the biggest fee for a single player. 

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