Brazilian midfielder “Liverpool” Fabinho is sent to Saudi Arabia. But his translation may be thwarted for a very non-standard reason. There is a risk that he won’t be able to take his two French Bulldogs with him, as “dangerous and aggressive” dogs are banned in the Middle East.
In total, 22 players from Europe moved to Saudi Arabia during the summer transfer window. Another could be Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who is interested in reigning local league champions Al Ittihad, who are willing to pay £40m (1.1bn kroner) for the 29-year-old.
Fabinbo’s end at Liverpool already seemed a foregone conclusion, but there is one circumstance that could prevent him from doing so. The Premier League and Champions League winner is the owner of two French Bulldogs, which according to the rules of Saudi Arabia, he must not import into the country at all, as this is one of the dog breeds banned here.
According to English media reports, the Brazilian football player is now looking for ways to solve this problem. If the move goes through, he will be the tenth player to leave Liverpool during this transfer window. Striker Firmino, who will wear an Al-Ahly jersey, also headed to Saudi Arabia from the Mersey River.
Karim Benzema also joined Al Ittihad. Here he will earn more than Ronaldo: