In order to prevent it from hurting European clubs, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp on Tuesday urged football officials to solve the Saudi Arabian league’s tardy transfer window closure.
In response to the news that former Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has joined the Saudi side Al Nassr, Klopp expressed his concern while speaking in Singapore on the day of his team’s preseason friendly matchup against German champions Bayern Munich.
Sadio Mane, a striker for Bayern Munich, has signed with the Saudi club Al Nassr, it was revealed on Tuesday.
The Senegalese international will team up with five-time Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo and is the most well-known player to recently join the Saudi league.
Clubs in the kingdom have spent lavishly since the beginning of the year to sign some of the top players in the world, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, and N’Golo Kante.
Following in the footsteps of Jordan Henderson and Roberto Firmino, Brazilian midfielder Fabinho became the third Liverpool player to join a Saudi club this close season when he signed a £40 million ($51 million) deal with Al Ittihad.
Klopp is concerned that clubs that would be unable to sign could be impacted by the Saudi transfer window closing on September 20, three weeks after it closes in Europe.
“The Saudi Arabian influence? We’ll find out. I’m not sure. Currently, it appears that they have a substantial influence,” the German stated.
“I believe that the Saudi Arabian transfer window being open for an additional three weeks is pretty much the worst thing. If I remember well, I heard something similar. That isn’t useful, at least not in Europe. UEFA and FIFA must thus come up with a fix for that.
“However, I’m not yet certain of the precise course of events. For us, it has already clearly had an impact. We will need to develop coping mechanisms, because that’s what we do,” he continued.
Thomas Tuchel, the Bayern manager, said he hugged Mane and is disappointed the Senegal forward wasn’t able to reach his full potential in Germany.
After a single season that was hampered by injury and a lack of goals, Mane left the German champion. He frequently served as a bench player when Tuchel became coach in March.
It was a bit depressing. We gave each other a long hug while grinning and resolving to maintain our nice friendship. He has nothing personal against you. I completely get why he feels hurt. While on Bayern’s preseason trip, Tuchel said in Singapore, “I also don’t feel good if things like these happen.