Ambitious Al-Nassr raid Premier League for Nigeria star

Ahmed Musa has signed a four-year contract with Al-Nassr. (AFP)
Updated 03 August 2018
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Ambitious Al-Nassr raid Premier League for Nigeria star

  • Ahmed Musa becomes most expensive signing in Saudi Pro League history
  • He joins World Cup stars Amrabat, Ramos and Jones at the Riyadh club

Al-Nassr have smashed a Saudi Pro League record to sign Nigeria international Ahmed Musa.
The Riyadh club announced they have recruited the 25-year-old forward on a four-year deal after agreeing a fee with Premier League club Leicester City. Although the fee is undisclosed, respected website transfermarkt.co.uk document the fee at €16.5 million ($19.14 million), which would eclipse the €10.24 million Al-Ahli paid for Djaniny last month.
It is easily an Al-Nassr club-record buy, beating the €9.8 million Al-Nassr paid Al-Ettifaq for Saudi Arabia international Yahia Al-Shehri in 2013.


Leicester paid CSKA Moscow a club-record £16.6 million ($21.4 million) for Musa in 2016 and even though he scored two goals in 21 games for the Premier League club, they were seeking to recoup their outlay on the forward and turned down a bid of £12 million last month.
Musa added to his value by scoring both goals for Nigeria in their World Cup win over Iceland in Russia.
He joins a remodelled Al-Nassr squad that has been boosted by the arrival of other World Cup participants Nordin Amrabat, Christian Ramos and Brad Jones.
The four summer signings reflect Al-Nassr’s bid to kick-on from their third-place finish last season and mount a challenge to Al-Ahli and Al-Hilal. Jose Daniel Carreno’s also have a two-legged playoff match to qualify for the Asian Champions League on the horizon.

Al-Nassr’s top five most expensive signings

Ahmed Musa £14.85m
Yahia Al-Shehri £8.82m
Nordin Amrabat £7.65m
Naif Hazazi £6.12m
Hernane £4.77m


Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori get ready to serve up the action in Dubai championship

Updated 23 February 2019
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Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori get ready to serve up the action in Dubai championship

DUBAI: With the women’s tournament now over for another year, it is the turn of the men to wow the crowds in Dubai, with the men’s ATP event getting underway in the emirate this weekend.
The tournament has traditionally attracted some of the biggest names in the sport, with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray all having played in the past.
The 2019 entry list is no different, with Roger Federer, Marin Cilic, Kei Nishikori, Karen Khachanov and Stefanos Tsitsipas all on show this week.
World No. 6 and top-seeded Nishikori will get his tournament up and running against Frenchman Benoit Paire, while second seed Roger Federer — seven-time champion in Dubai who last won the title in 2015 — will face German Philipp Kohlschreiber.
Croatian Marin Clilc has arguably the toughest opening match against the recent Rotterdam Open winner Gael Monfils.
Stefanos Tsitsipas, who shocked Federer at the Australian Open, begins his campaign against the Australian Matt Eden.
Other notable first round ties see Tomas Berdych up against Aljaz Bedene and last year’s champion Roberto Bautista Agut playing India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan.
Federer, apart from chasing an eighth title in what is likely to be his Swanson in Dubai, will also be hoping for victory next weekend to claim his 100th title on the ATP tour.
Nishikori, however, will be out to stop the Swiss ace and claim the $565,000 winner’s prize and his second title of the year having won the Brisbane International last month.