Borussia Dortmund’s Marius Wolf has been very honest about whether he would move to to the Saudi Pro League if offered enticing wages.
The football world has been subject to exorbitant bids from the Saudi Pro Leaguer over the course of this summer transfer window, with clubs such as Al Ittihad, AL Hilal and AL Nassr spending vast sums of money to bring in some high profile signings. Most recently, Brazil and PSG star Neymar made the move to Saudi Arabia with Al Hilal offering him a contract worth up to 400 million euros.
This massive uptick in high-value contracts has been turning heads all across the footballing world, with Borussia Dortmund’s own Marius Wolf adding his two cents on the subject recently. In a recent interview, the German international did not hold back when discussing his thoughts on whether he would be tempted to make the jump over to the Saudi Pro League:
"“If I could earn 100 million euros in two years, I would probably also move to Saudi Arabia.”"
The player’s thoughts likely echo those of many professionals watching as the league there begins to expand. The football world was already faced with a massive gap in terms of financial firepower prior to the Saudi League’s excessive spending, with clubs in the Premier League, among others, already contributing to this gap quite significantly. The Saudi Pro League’s spending has only exacerbated the issue, and will, at least for now, continue to contribute to this gap growing.
On the flip side, the money being offered is a substantial carrot on a stick for players who are given the opportunity to consider signing, which is why its no surprise that players have been taking these contracts despite the league not being considered one of the top competitions in the world. The striking thing to note is it’s not only older players, but players who are still in their prime that are making the move. Sergej Milinković-Savić, for example, made the move from Lazio to Al Hilal despite being in his prime and having been sought after by Europe’s elite for years.
Marius Wolf would certainly be considered “in his prime” at age 28 as well, and while his honest admission could be misconstrued as the player having doubts about his future at Dortmund, the content of his words seems to not suggest this. Wolf is also not the first Dortmund player to receive interest from the Saudi League either. Al-Nassr were interested in Marco Reus prior to the Dortmund legend signing a new contract with the Die Schwarzgelben.