Top five biggest transfers in the Saudi Pro League

Yahya Al-Shehri cost Al-Nassr €9.8m in 2013. (AFP)
Updated 03 August 2018

Top five biggest transfers in the Saudi Pro League

LONDON: Al-Nassr broke new ground in the Saudi Pro League by setting a new transfer record by signing Ahmed Musa from Leicester City. We look at the top five most expensive signings in the history of the league, according to

€16.5m Ahmed Musa — Leicester City to Al-Nassr

Leicester City will be delighted to have commanded such a high fee for a player surplus to requirements at the Premier League club. He scored just twice in 21 appearances for Leicester, but did score twice at the World Cup.

€10.24m Djaniny Tavares — Santos Laguna to Al-Ahli

Not too many outside of Africa had heard of Tavares, but the decision makers at Al-Ahli saw enough in the 27-year-old striker for them to break their own transfer record and sign him from Santos Laguna. He scored 40 goals in 124 games for the Mexican club.

€9.8m Yahya Al-Shehri — Ettifaq to Al-Nassr

Green Falcons international Al-Shehri is the costliest Saudi Arabian player after Al-Nassr signed him from Ettifaq in 2013. He was loaned to Leganes last season and played in two of Saudi Arabia’s three World Cup games in Russia. At 28, he should be approaching his peak years.

€8.5m Nordin Amrabat — Watford to Al-Nassr

The winger was out of favor at Premier League club Watford, but he put himself in the shop window with some energetic performances at the World Cup and Al-Nassr made their move, signing the Moroccan on a three-year deal.

€8.2m Diego Souza — Vasco da Gama to Al-Ittihad

Al-Ittihad made a bold statement by signing the Brazilian in 2012, but he made just four appearances, scoring one goal and returned to Brazil the following summer.

Embiid returns to help 76ers beat Nets for 3-1 lead

Updated 21 April 2019

Embiid returns to help 76ers beat Nets for 3-1 lead

  • The 76ers seized a 3-1 lead in the first-round series against the Nets

NEW YORK: Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid returned from injury to score a game-high 31 points and grab 16 rebounds, powering the 76ers to a 112-108 NBA playoff victory at Brooklyn on Saturday.
Despite a third-quarter incident that saw two players ejected, the 76ers seized a 3-1 lead in the first-round series against the Nets and could advance in the Eastern Conference best-of-seven matchup with a home victory Tuesday.
In the other Eastern Conference game, Khris Middleton finished with 20 points and nine rebounds as the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks put the Detroit Pistons on the brink of elimination with a 119-103 win. The victory give the Bucks a 3-0 lead and they can wrap up the series with a win on the road in the Motor City on Monday.
Philadelphia, down by 10 points early in the third quarter, battled back most of the second half before taking the lead on a run of eight points by Embiid, who missed game three with a sore left knee.
A slam dunk and layup by Embiid gave the 76ers their first late lead at 102-101 but, after an exchange of layups and three-pointers as well as turnovers, fell behind 108-107 on a basket by Brooklyn’s Joe Harris with 25 seconds remaining.
On the next 76er possession, Embiid flipped the last of his seven assists to Mike Scott, whose corner three-pointer put Philadelphia ahead to stay 110-108 with 19 seconds remaining.
Australian Ben Simmons — who added 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the 76ers — stole the ball from Brooklyn’s Jarett Allen and Tobias Harris sank two free throws for the last of his 24 points to clinch the triumph.
Caris LeVert led the Nets with 25 points while Brooklyn had 21 points each from Allen and D’Angelo Russell.
Cameroon star center Embiid was issued a flagrant foul in touching off an altercation 4:18 into the third quarter that saw Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley ejected. Embiid, who had elbowed Allen in the face in game two, was whistled for a hard foul on Allen that prompted Dudley to rush at Embiid, taking down the Sixers big man. Butler swung his left arm at Dudley, who wound up in the front row seats with Simmons at one stage, to earn his ejection.
In Detroit, Brook Lopez tallied 19 points and had seven rebounds and five blocked shots and Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points for the Bucks.
Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered 14 points and 10 rebounds for his third straight double-double in the series and Nikola Mirotic chipped in 12 points.
Detroit’s hobbled star Blake Griffin had 27 points in 31 minutes after he missed the first two games of the series with a sore knee.
Griffin was cleared with his leg heavily wrapped but it didn’t change the outcome.
The Pistons have now lost 13 straight playoff games dating back to 2008. In the Western Conference, the Denver Nuggets — led by game highs of 29 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists from Serbian playmaker Nikola Jokic — pulled level with San Antonio at 2-2 in their opening series with a 117-103 road triumph over the Spurs.