Digimagaz.com – In a significant transfer deal, French winger Allan Saint-Maximin bid farewell to Newcastle United and officially signed a three-year contract with Saudi Pro League side Al Ahli. Both clubs confirmed the news on Sunday, marking a new chapter in the player’s career.
Al Ahli, expressing their excitement over the acquisition, posted on the messaging platform X (formerly known as Twitter), “We pick the best, and he’s one of them.” This statement reflects the club’s enthusiasm in securing the services of the talented footballer.
The exact transfer fee involved in the deal remains undisclosed. Saint-Maximin, who previously played for Ligue 1 side Nice before joining Newcastle in 2019, brings his skill and experience to the Saudi Pro League.
At Al Ahli, Saint-Maximin will be joining forces with several former Premier League players, including Roberto Firmino, Édouard Mendy, and Riyad Mahrez. Their combined talents promise to bolster Al Ahli’s roster and increase the team’s competitiveness in the league.
Interestingly, Saint-Maximin’s departure from Newcastle was marked by his absence from the club’s preseason tour of the United States. Newcastle manager Eddie Howe clarified that the decision to sell the winger was driven by the necessity to comply with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations.
Al Ahli is no stranger to prominent ownership, as the club is backed by the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia. The fund holds a majority stake of 75% in Al Ahli, while it also owns 80% of Newcastle United, making it a key player in the footballing world.
Saint-Maximin’s move to Al Ahli reflects a growing trend of high-profile players transitioning to the Middle East. Notably, Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, and Ruben Neves are among the notable names that have also chosen to ply their trade in the region. Cristiano Ronaldo, a football icon, set the precedent when he moved to Al Nassr in January.
With Saint-Maximin’s arrival, Al Ahli aims to make a statement in the Saudi Pro League and raise their profile in the global football arena. The winger’s skills and contributions on the field are sure to be closely watched and anticipated by fans and football enthusiasts alike as he begins this new chapter of his career with Al Ahli.