Saudi Pro League summer transfers 2023: All the Done Deals

Carlo Garganese
Carlo Garganese
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Georginio Wijnaldum, AS Roma, 2022/23
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The Saudi Pro League is the NEW lucrative destination for the best footballers in the world.

Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, N'Golo Kante, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane, Neymar, and many more top soccer superstars are now plying their trade in Saudi Arabia.

It is all part of a huge financial investment by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in not only football but sport in general. Golf and boxing have already witnessed massive investment and now it is football's turn.

READ MORE: Premier League 2023/24 summer transfers: All the Done Deals

The Public Investment Fund (PIF) - Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund - which is overseen by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has taken over four of the biggest clubs in the kingdom. These are the Riyadh-based Al Nassr and Al Hilal, and the Jeddah-based Al Ittihad and Al Ahli.

As a result these teams have a fortune to spend in the coming months and likely years. But many other teams are also splashing the cash.

In the summer of 2023, we saw a host of huge deals with superstars paid a fortune to move to Saudi Arabia.

READ MORE: Free agents: The best players available on a Bosman Transfer

Ronaldo and Benzema earn €200 million a year, while Kante is on €100m per season. Neymar is set to earn €275m over the course of his two-year deal at Al-Hilal, although that could rise to an even higher amount.

Cristiano Ronaldo earns a fortune in Saudi Arabia
© ProShots - Cristiano Ronaldo earns a fortune in Saudi Arabia

Benzema and Kante have transferred to Al-Ittihad on free transfers after their contracts at Real Madrid and Chelsea, respectively, expired.

Al-Hilal made a huge splash by signing Ruben Neves for €55m from Wolves and Kalidou Koulibaly for €23m from Chelsea. They then added Sergej Milinkovic-Savic from Lazio for €40m on a contract worth over €20m per season, an increase from €3.2m per year in Italy.

Furthermore, they have signed Brazilian duo Malcom and Neymar, as well as Aleksandar Mitrovic and Bono.

Chelsea sold two stars to the Saudi Pro League, with goalkeeper Edouard Mendy moving to Al-Ahli for €18.5m and the aforementioned Koulibaly joining Al-Hilal.

Roberto Firmino joined the same club as Mendy on a free transfer from Liverpool, while Al-Ahli also signed Riyad Mahrez from Man City for €35m and Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle for €25m.

Marcelo Brozovic joined Ronaldo at Al-Nassr, arriving for €18m from Inter. Lens midfielder Seko Fofana also arrived at Al-Nassr for €19m, as did Man Utd left back Alex Telles for €7m and ex-Man City defender Aymeric Laporte.

Al-Ettifaq backed Steven Gerrard by signing Liverpool legend Jordan Henderson, PSG midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, Lyon forward Moussa Dembele, Everton star Demarai Gray and ex-Celtic player Jack Hendry.

Done Deals for summer 2023: Every Saudi Pro League club's new signings

The 2023 summer window is now closed for the Saudi Pro League.

This page details every Saudi Pro League transfer by every club made during the summer transfer window, both ins and out.

For a full run-down of every single transfer from the English Premier League, click on this link.

Al-Ahli SFC

Al-Ahli SFC summer signings

Gabriel VeigaCelta€40m
Riyad MahrezMan City€35m
Roger IbanezRoma€30m
Allan Saint-MaximinNewcastle€25m
Merih DemiralAtalanta€20m
Edouard MendyChelsea€18.5m
Franck KessieBarcelona€12.5m
Firas Al-BuraikanAl-Fateh€9.83m
Abdullah Al-AmmarDamac€6.23m
Saad BalobaidAl-TawounUndisclosed
Roberto FirminoLiverpoolFree Transfer
Bassam Al-HurayjiAl-BatinFree Transfer
Fahad Al RashidiAl-TaawounFree Transfer
Sumaihan Al-NabitAl-TaawounFree Transfer
Abdullah OtayfAl-HilalFree Transfer
BastosBotafogoFree Transfer
Edouard Mendy was signed for €18.5m
© Al-Ahli FC - Edouard Mendy was signed for €18.5m

Al-Ahli SFC summer sales

Abdullah Al-MogrenAl-FatehUndisclosed
Mohammed Al-RubaieAl-HilalUndisclosed
Omar Al-SomahAl-ArabiFree Transfer
Talal Al-AbsiAl-HazemFree Transfer
Salman Al-MuwasharFree AgentFree Transfer
Firas Al-GhambiAl-RaedFree Transfer
Nicolas MilesiPlaza ColoniaFree Transfer
Hicham FaikFree AgentFree Transfer
BastosBotafogoFree Transfer
Modou BarrowSivassporLoan
Alassane NdaoIstanbulsporFree Transfer
Yasser Al-MosailemRetiredFree Transfer
MarcaoWH Three TownsLoan
Murad KhadhariAl-OkhdoodLoan

Al-Hazem SC

Al-Hazem SC summer signings

Faiz SelemaniKV Kortrijk€1.5m
Aymen DahmenCS SfaxienFree Transfer
TozeAl-NasrFree Transfer
Talal Al-AbsiAl-AhliFree Transfer
Mohamed Al-ThaniOhod Al-MedinaFree Transfer
Yazeed Al-BakrAl-TaawounFree Transfer
Turki Al-MutairiAl-HilalFree Transfer
Ammar Al-NajjarDamac FCFree Transfer
Nawaf Al-HabashiAl-RiyadhFree Transfer
Majed Al-GhamdiOhod Al-MedinaFree Transfer
Mansour Al-ShammariAl-NassrFree Transfer
Yousef Al-ShammariAl-BatinFree Transfer
Sultan TankerJeddahFree Transfer
Khalil Al-AbsiAl-NassrLoan
VinaCeara SCLoan
Bruno VianaCoritibaLoan
Majed QasheeshAl-NassrLoan

Al-Hazem SC summer sales

Radhi Al-OtaibeAl-EttifaqUndisclosed
Thaar Al-OtaibiOhodUndisclosed
Ola JohnAl-Arabi SCFree Transfer
Abdulrahman Al-DhaferiAl-Arabi SCFree Transfer
Abdulhadi Al-HarajinAl-Riyadh SCFree Transfer
Sultan FaqihiDamac FCFree Transfer
Suleiman Al-SaeedAl-JabalainFree Transfer
Khaled Al-BarakahAl-Najma SCFree Transfer
Naoufel ZerhouniFree AgentFree Transfer

Al-Okhdood Club

Al-Okhdood Club summer signings

Andrei BurcaCluj€1m
Saviour GodwinPisaUndisclosed
Leandre TawambaAl-TawounUndisclosed
Paulo VítorChavesFree Transfer
Hasan Al-HabibAl-AdalahFree Transfer
Florin TanaseAl-JaziraFree Transfer
Awadh FarajAl-RaedFree Transfer
Juan Sebastián PedrozaIndependiente Santa FeFree Transfer
Hussein Shae'anAl-ShababFree Transfer
Solomon KvirkveliaNeftchi BakuFree Transfer
Abdulrahman Al-RioAl-FaisalyFree Transfer
Abdulaziz Abdul RahmaAl-Nassr U23Free Transfer
Saeed Al-RubaieAl-ShababLoan
Ahmed MostafaSmouhaLoan
Juan Sebastian PedrozaIndependiente Santa FeLoan
Hamad Al-MansourAl-NassrLoan
Alex ColladoReal BetisLoan
Murad KhadhariAl-OkhdoodLoan

Al-Okhdood Club summer sales

Ahmed Al-MuwalladAl-Arabi SCFree Transfer
Hussein Al-MsobeiAl-AdalahFree Transfer
Borhane HakimiAl-SafaFree Transfer
Maicon DouglasAl-SafaFree Transfer
Mohammed RemanAl-Najma SCFree Transfer
PatoAl-Najma SCFree Transfer
ReinaldoAl-SafaFree Transfer
Kaka MendesAl-SafaFree Transfer
Vladimir StojkovicAl-Faisaly FCFree Transfer

Al-Riyadh SC

Al-Riyadh SC summer signings

Bouly Junior SambouWydad€800k
Martín CampañaAl-BatinFree Transfer
Didier NdongDijonFree Transfer
Ahmed AsiriAl-FaisalyFree Transfer
Birama ToureAuxerreFree Transfer
Zaid Al-BawardiAl-ShababFree Transfer
Saleh Al-AbbasKhaleejFree Transfer
Amiri KurdiAl-WehdaFree Transfer
Ali Al-ZaqanMan CityFree Transfer
Hussain Al-NuweqiKhaleejFree Transfer
Abdulhadi Al-HarajinAl-HazemFree Transfer
Knowledge MusonaAl-TaiFree Transfer
Alin ToscaBeneventoFree Transfer
JuanmiReal BetisLoan

Al-Riyadh SC summer sales

Nikola StojiljkovicDibbah FujairahFree Transfer
MuralhaAl-Arabi SCFree Transfer
MarcinhoChapecoenseFree Transfer
Abdulaziz DamdamOhod ClubFree Transfer
Abdulaziz Al-AryaniOhod ClubFree Transfer
Diego MirandaAl-Arabi SCFree Transfer
Masoud BakheetAl-JabalainFree Transfer
Emanuel NovoAl-TarajiFree Transfer
Miodrag GemovicAl-JabalainFree Transfer
Nawaf Al-HabashiAl-HazemFree Transfer

Al-Ittihad Club

Al-Ittihad Club summer signings

Luiz FelipeReal Betis€25m
Faisal Al-GhamdiAl-Ettifaq€11.72m
Hassan KadeshAl-Tawoun€9.88m
Abdullah Al-MayoufAl-IttihadUndisclosed
Karim BenzemaReal MadridFree Transfer
N'Golo KanteChelseaFree Transfer
Sultan Al-FarhanAl-RaedFree Transfer
Saleh Jamaan Al-AmriAbhaFree Transfer
Karim Benzema waved goodbye to Real Madrid for Al-Ittihad
© ProShots - Karim Benzema waved goodbye to Real Madrid for Al-Ittihad

Al-Ittihad Club summer sales

Ziyad Al-SahafiAbhaUndisclosed
Mohammed SawaanAl-KholoodFree Transfer
Khaled Al-SumairiKhaleejFree Transfer
Ahmed Saleh BahusaynAl-TaawounFree Transfer
Bruno HenriqueFree AgentFree Transfer
Mohamed Al-OufiAbdaFree Transfer
Abdulaziz Al-BishiDamac FCLoan
Saleh Al-OhaymidAl-TawounLoan

Al-Nassr FC

Al-Nassr FC summer signings

Inter legend Marcelo Brozovic joined Al-Nassr
© ProShots - Inter legend Marcelo Brozovic joined Al-Nassr

Al-Nassr FC summer sales

Abdulfattah AdamAl-TawounUndisclosed
Luiz GustavoFree AgentFree Transfer
Gonzalo MartinezRiver PlateFree Transfer
Alvaro GonzalezAl-QadsiahFree Transfer
Jin-su KimJeonbuk HyundaiFree Transfer
Tarek HamedDamacFree Transfer
Hamad Al-MansourAl-OkhdoodLoan
Khalil Al-AbsiAl-HazemLoan
Amin Al-BukhariAl-EttifaqLoan
Majed QasheeshAl-HazemLoan
Ghislain KonanAl-FayhaLoan

Al-Shabab FC

Al-Shabab FC summer signings

Habib DialloStrasbourg€18m
Yannick CarrascoAtletico Madrid€15m
Gustavo CuellarAl-Hilal€1.4m
Abdullah RadifAl-HilalUndisclosed
Abdullah Al-JawaeyAl-TaiFree Transfer
Saleh Al-OhaymidAl-IttihadLoan
Hamad Al-YamiAl-HilalLoan
Romain SaissAl-SaddLoan
Habib Diallo was a big buy from Strasbourg
© ProShots - Habib Diallo was a big buy from Strasbourg

Al-Shabab FC summer sales

Aaron BoupendzaFC Cincinnati€6.5m
Paulinho PaulaVasco de Gama€1.2m
Turki Al-AmmarAl-QadsiahUndisclosed
Abdulelah Al-ShammeriAbhaUndisclosed
Hussein Shae'anAl-OkhdoodFree Transfer
Zaid Al-BawardiAl-RiyadhFree Transfer
Nawaf Al-AbedFree AgentFree Transfer
Khalid Al-GhamdiRetiredFree Transfer
Christian GuancaAl-WahdaLoan
Saeed Al-RubaieAl-OkhdoodLoan

Al-Hilal SFC

Al-Hilal SFC summer signings

Ruben NevesWolves€55m
Aleksandar MitrovicFulham€52.6m
Sergej Milinkovic-SavicLazio€42m
Kalidou KoulibalyChelsea€23m
Hassan TambaktiAl-Shabab€11.5m
Ruben Neves was a €55m signing by Al-HIlal
© ProShots - Ruben Neves was a €55m signing by Al-HIlal

Al-Hilal SFC summer sales

Gustavo CuellarAl-Shabab€1.4m
Mohammed Al-KhaibariAl-HilalUndisclosed
Mohammed Al-RubaieAl-AhliUndisclosed
Abdullah Al-MayoufAl-IttihadUndisclosed
Abdullah OtayfAl-AhliFree Transfer
Hamad Al-AbdanKhaleejFree Transfer
Fawaz Al-ToriasKhaleejFree Transfer
Turki Al-MutairiAl-HazemFree Transfer
Luciano ViettoFree AgentFree Transfer
Odion IghaloAl-WehdaFree Transfer
Matheus PereiraCruzeiroLoan
Muath FaquihiAl-TaawounLoan
Saleh Al-OhaymidAl-IttihadLoan
Hamad Al-YamiAl-ShababLoan
Abdullah RadifAl-ShababUndisclosed

Al-Taawoun FC

Al-Taawoun FC summer signings

Musa BarrowBologna€8m
Andrei GirottoNantes€4m
Abdulfattah AdamAl-NassrUndisclosed
Joao PedroAl-WahdaUndisclosed
MateusNagoya GrampusFree Transfer
Waleed Al-AhmedAl-FaisalyFree Transfer
Ahmed Saleh BahusaynAl-Ittihad ClubFree Transfer
Abdulmalik Al-ShammariAl-RaedFree Transfer
Ahmed Ashraf Al-FiqiFree AgentFree Transfer
FlavioTrabzonspor€182k Loan
Muath FaquihiAl-HilalLoan

Al-Taawoun FC summer sales

Hassan KadeshAl-Ittihad€9.88m
Alejandro RomeroAl-Ain FC€5m
Mostafa FathiPyramids FC€903k
Saad BalobaidAl-AhliUndisclosed
Raghed Al-NajjarAl-NassrUndisclosed
Leandre TawambaAl-OkhdoodUndisclosed
Fahad Al-RashidiAl-AhliFree Transfer
Sumaihan Al-NabitAl-AhliFree Transfer
Yazeed Al-BakrAl-HazemFree Transfer
Tareq AbdullahAl-TaiFree Transfer
NaldoFree AgentFree Transfer

Al-Fateh SC

Al-Fateh SC summer signings

Lucas ZelarayanColumbus Crew€2.8m
Abdullah Al-MogrenAl-AhliUndisclosed
Jason DenayerShabab Al-AhliFree Transfer
Saeed Al-BasisiJeddah FCFree Transfer
Jordan HarrisonFree AgentFree Transfer
Christian CuevaAlianza LimaFree Transfer
Abdelhamid SabiriFiorentinaLoan
Jason Denayer, formerly of Lyon
© ProShots - Jason Denayer, formerly of Lyon

Al-Fateh SC summer sales

Firas Al-BuraikanAl-Ahli€9.83m
Ayman Al-KhulaifAl-Qadsiah FCFree Transfer
Tristan DingomeFree AgentFree Transfer

Damac FC

Damac FC summer signings

Nicolae StanciuWH Three Towns€2.5m
Assan CeesayLecce€2.5m
Georges-Kevin N'KoudouBesiktasFree Transfer
Hassan AbushararaAl-Quadsiah FCFree Transfer
Sultan FaqihiAl-HazemFree Transfer
Fahad Al-JohaniAl-Tai FCFree Transfer
Noor Al-RashidiAl-WehdaFree Transfer
Tarek HamedAl-IttihadFree Transfer
Abdulaziz Al-BishiAl-Ittihad ClubLoan

Damac FC summer sales

Abdullah Al-AmmarAl-Ahli€6.23m
El Arbi Hillel SoudaniNK MariborFree Transfer
Ammar Al-NajjarAl-HazemFree Transfer
Mohaned Al-NajaiAl-JabalainFree Transfer
Ibrahim Al-NakhliAl-TaiFree Transfer
NonoFree AgentFree Transfer
Bruno DuarteFree AgentFree Transfer
Mansour HamziKhaleejFree Transfer


Al-Tai summer signings

Marko DugandzicRapid 1923€2m
Andrei CordeaFCSB€1.3m
Abdulrahman Al-HarthiAl-AinFree Transfer
Rakan Al-ShamlanAl-BatinFree Transfer
Robert BauerSint-TruidenFree Transfer
Bernard MensahKayserisporFree Transfer
Enzo RocoElcheFree Transfer
Virgil MisidjanFC TwenteFree Transfer
Ibrahim Al-NakhliDamacFree Transfer
Abdulfatteh AsiriIFK MariehamnFree Transfer
Tareq AbdullahAl-Tai FCFree Transfer
Mohammed MarzouqWej SCFree Transfer

Al-Tai summer sales

Guy MbenzaMuaither SCUndisclosed
Fahad Al-JohaniDamacFree Transfer
Amir SayoudAl-RaedFree Transfer
Knowledge MusonaAl-Riyadh SCFree Transfer
Abdullah Al-JawaeyFree AgentFree Transfer
Abdulwahab JafarFree AgentFree Transfer
Mohammed HarzanFree AgentFree Transfer
Hassen Al-JubairiFree AgentFree Transfer
DenerFree AgentFree Transfer
Collins FaiFree AgentFree Transfer
Adrian MartinezFree AgentFree Transfer

Al-Raed SFC

Al-Raed SFC summer signings

Mathias NormannRostovUndisclosed
Amir SayoudAl-TaiFree Transfer
Bandar WahishiAl-Hilal U23Free Transfer
Hamad Al-JayzaniAl-WehdaFree Transfer
Nasser Al-HadhoodAl-Hilal U23Free Transfer

Al-Raed SFC summer sales

Damjan DjokovicSteaua BucharestFree Transfer
Awadh FarajAl-OkhdoodFree Transfer
Sultan Al-FarhanAl-Ittihad ClubFree Transfer
Khaled Al-KhathalanAl-BatinFree Transfer
Silviu Lung JrACSM Poli IasiFree Transfer
Abdulmalik Al-ShammariAl-TaawounFree Transfer

Al-Ettifaq FC

Al-Ettifaq FC summer signings

Jordan HendersonLiverpool€14m
Demarai GrayEverton€9.3m
Georginio WijnaldumPSG€8m
Jack HendryClub Brugge€6.9m
Radhi Al-OtaibeAl-HazemUndisclosed
Moussa DembeleLyonFree Transfer
Amin Al-BukhariAl-NassrLoan
Jordan Henderson: From Liverpool to Al-Ettifaq
© ProShots - Jordan Henderson: From Liverpool to Al-Ettifaq

Al-Ettifaq FC summer sales

Faisal Al-GhamdiAl-Ittihad€11.72m
Hamad Al-SayyafOhodUndisclosed
Darko VelkovskiFree AgentFree Transfer
Abdullah Al-SalemKhaleejFree Transfer
Youssoufou NiakateFree AgentFree Transfer
Saeed Al-MowaladFree AgentFree Transfer
Ibrahim MohannashiAl-Qadsiah FCFree Transfer
Naim SlitiFree AgentFree Transfer
Amin YounesFree AgentFree Transfer
Rayan Al-BloushiAl-SafaLoan
Berat OzdemirTrabzonsporLoan

Abha Club

Abha Club summer signings

Karl Toko EkambiLyon€1.7m
Ziyad Al-SahafiAl-IttihadUndisclosed
Abdulelah Al-ShammeriAl-ShababUndisclosed
Ciprian TatarusanuAC MilanFree Transfer
Grzegorz KrychowiakKrasnodarFree Transfer
Francois KamanoLok MoscowFree Transfer
Mohammed NajiAl-BatinFree Transfer
Saleh Al-QumayziAl-Hilal U23Free Transfer
Mohammed Al-OufiAl-Ittihad ClubFree Transfer

Abha Club summer sales

Saeed Al-HamslKhaleejFree Transfer
Saleh Jamaan Al-AmriAl-Ittihad ClubFree Transfer
Abdullah Al-ZoariAl-QadsiahFree Transfer

Al-Wehda FC

Al-Wehda FC summer signings

Jawad El-YamiqReal Valladolid€1m
Craig GoodwinAdelaide UnitedUndisclosed
Vito van CrooijSparta RotterdamUndisclosed
Odion IghaloAl-HilalFree Transfer

Al-Wehda FC summer sales

Amiri KurdiAl-RiyadhFree Transfer
Hamad Al-JayzaniAl-RaedFree Transfer
Alberto BotiaAE KifisasFree Transfer
Karim YodaAl-AdalahFree Transfer
Noor Al-RashidiDamacFree Transfer

Al-Fayha FC

Al-Fayha FC summer signings

Fashion SakalaRangers€4.65m
Henry OnyekeruAdana Demirspor€3.2m
Gojko CimirotStandard LiegeFree Transfer
Ahmed Al-KassarAl-FaisalyFree Transfer
Nawaf Al-HarthiAl-AinFree Transfer
Ghislain KonanAl-NassrLoan

Al-Fayha FC summer sales

Moslem Al-FreejAl-SafaFree Transfer
Hazza AsseriAl-BukiryahFree Transfer
Ali Al-NamerOhod ClubFree Transfer
Bander Al-MutairiKhaleejFree Transfer
Abdullah Al-ShamekhAl-Qadsiah FCFree Transfer
Faisal Al-MasrahiFree AgentFree Transfer
Ali Al-ZaqanFree AgentFree Transfer
Aleksandar TrajkovskiFree AgentFree Transfer

Khaleej FC

Khaleej FC summer signings

Khaled NareyPAOK€2m
Mohamed SherifEl-Ahly€1.4m
Ibrahim SehicKonyasporUndisclosed
Mohammed Al-KhaibariAl-HilalUndisclosed
Arif Saleh Al-HaydarAl-AdalahFree Transfer
Pedro RebochoLech PoznanFree Transfer
Lisandro LopezClub TijuanaFree Transfer
Abdullah Al-SalemEttifaqFree Transfer
Saeed Al-HamslAbhaFree Transfer
Ivo RodriguesFC FamalicaoFree Transfer
Hamad Al-AbdanAl-HilalFree Transfer
Bander Al-MutairiAl-FayhaFree Transfer
Khaled Al-SumairiAl-Ittihad ClubFree Transfer
Abdalellah HawsawiAl-Ittihad Club U23Free Transfer
Fawaz Al-ToraisAl-HilalFree Transfer
Woo-young JungAl-Sadd SCFree Transfer
Abdalellah HawsawiAl-Ittihad Club U23Loan

Khaleej FC summer sales

Saleh Al-AbbasAl-RiyadhFree Transfer
Abdullah Al-HarbiAl-KholoodFree Transfer
Lucas SouzaAl-FaisalyFree Transfer
Douglas FriedrichAvia FCFree Transfer
MoratoAl-FaisalyFree Transfer
Mohammed Al-SahliAl-BatinFree Transfer
Hussain Al-NuweqiAl-RiyadhFree Transfer
Andre PokoHapoel Beer ShevaFree Transfer
Izuchukwu AnthonyAl-TalabaFree Transfer
Hisham Al-DubaisAl-JabalainLoan