The Saudi Pro League has ‘transformed the transfer market,’ according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

The financial heft of the Saudi Pro League has “changed the market” for transfers, and elite teams “need to be aware of what is happening,” according to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola.

Following the arrival of Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo in Saudi Arabia in December, the league has recruited a number of high-profile players this summer.

Riyad Mahez of Algeria is among those who have left City to join Al-Ahli.

“Saudi Arabia has changed the market,” Guardiola stated.

“No one expected this many top, top players to play in the Saudi league a few months ago when Cristiano [Ronaldo] was the only one to leave.”

“There will be more in the future, which is why clubs must be aware of what is going on.”

“Riyad received an incredible offer, and we couldn’t say ‘don’t do it.'”

City agreed to sell Mahrez for up to £30 million, while Allan Saint-Maximin is expected to become the second Premier League player to go for Saudi Arabia, joining Mahrez at Al-Ahli.

Sadio Mane of Bayern Munich is in talks with Al-Nassr after receiving an offer, while reigning Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema has already followed former Real Madrid teammate Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia.

Earlier this week, Premier League CEO Richard Masters stated that he “wouldn’t be too concerned at the moment” about Saudi Arabia’s expanding influence in football.

“It is not a threat; it is a reality,” Guardiola explained during City’s preseason trip of Asia.

“They want to build a strong league, and so far, they are the only league capable of doing so.”

“The Premier League spent more than the others because the Premier League’s organization is better, and the broadcasts and sponsors are higher than in the other leagues, allowing clubs to spend what they have.”

“Right now, I’m not sure how long the Saudi league will last, but the feeling is that they will.” The guys want to use this experience to play in that league, and they can.”

Guardiola went on to say that City “are not looking for a skill replacement for Riyad because every player is different.”

“We’ll see what happens with loan players and who stays here.” Several things are going to occur.”

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan also departed City this summer on a free transfer to Barcelona, while the club has only signed Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea.

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