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One of the most peculiar deals of the transfer window has quietly happened in Spain

Nine Saudi Arabian footballers have moved to various Spanish clubs after being signed by La Liga

We’re used to bizarre transfer rumours during the January window.

Peter Crouch and Ashley Barnes were both linked with Chelsea moves and we didn’t bat an eyelid.

But in Spain a rather more peculiar move has gone through. Nine moves, to be precise.


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An agreement between La Liga and Saudi Arabia saw nine players from the Arab state join various Spanish clubs.

None of the clubs will contribute towards wages or transfer fees for the nine Saudi players.

A statement explained: “The arrival of Saudi footballers in Spain comes after a rigorous scouting process.

“Spanish clubs have worked for months to capture the player which best fits their team and improves their squad.”

Salem Al Dawsari will be joining Villarreal

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Salem Al Dawsari will be joining Villarreal

Villarreal, who are signing 26-year-old international winger Salem Al Dawsari, are the most high profile club involved in the scheme.

Jabor Issa will link up with Villarreal’s B team.

Leganes have signed experienced international Yahya Al-Shehri and Marwan Othman, who’ll join the club’s academy.

Fahad Al-Muwallad, who reportedly caught the attention of Barcelona as a teenager, will join Levante.

Noo Al-Mousa joins Real Valladolid, Abdulmajeed Al Sulayhi joins Rayo Vallecano, Ali Al Namer is linking up with Numancia and Abdullah Al Hamdan is joining Sporting Gijon.

Saudi Arabia will be hoping the move has a positive effect on their 2018 World Cup hopes.

Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side will play Russia in the opening game of the tournament.

We cannot wait for that. Genuinely. Shaking with excitement.


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