Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al-Nassr side have been hit with a transfer ban, FIFA have confirmed, meaning that they cannot register any of their new signings ahead of the Saudi season kicking off as things stand.
The Saudi side have signed Marcelo Brozovic this summer from Inter Milan, and are expected to do further business before the end of the transfer window, with Hakim Ziyech having been on the verge of signing before knee problems were picked up at his medical.
They have also been linked with moves for Romelu Lukaku and Thomas Partey as they look to surround Ronaldo with more top talent from across Europe.
As things stand, however, they cannot register any new signings, because they still owe money to Leicester City.
The Saudi club owe around £390,000 to the Foxes for Nigerian attacker Ahmed Musa, who left the King Power in 2018 to join Al-Nassr for 16m euros. He has since moved on and currently plays for Turkish side Sivaspor, but Al-Nassr never fully paid off the transfer fee in full, something that now-relegated Foxes haven’t forgotten.
Now a FIFA representative has confirmed the decision to issue Al-Nassr with a ban, though it is set to be lifted as soon as the money is paid.
“Al-Nassr is currently prevented from registering new players — this due to outstanding debts”, they revealed. “Relevant bans will be lifted immediately upon the settlement of the debts being confirmed by the creditors concerned”.
It is likely to be a swift conclusion, with Saudi sides paying money in the tens of millions already this summer to bolster the ROSHN pro League, and Al Nassr keen to follow suit,