Three more Chelsea players could be set to follow the growing trend of signing for Saudi clubs next season.
That follows reports that a delegation from the Middle Esst kingdom have been in London to discuss moves for Kalidou Koulibaly, Hakim Ziyech, and Édouard Mendy.
N’Golo Kanté is already close to sealing his move to Al-Ittihad, whilst Pierre-Emerick Aubeyang may be another player whose next move is to the Middle East.
No longer just a move for players at the tail end of their careers, the Saudi Pro League is now starting to attract younger talent.
And for Chelsea, negotiating quick deals for the trio will help them solve their FFP dilemma.
They have a deadline of June 30th to get a number of players off their books in order to avoid penalties for potential breaches of the rule, and with all three concerned surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge, they can get more money for them than they could hope to get from other European clubs.
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