In a surprising turn of events, Fashion Sakala has reportedly declined an offer to leave Rangers for Saudi Arabia. Despite rampant speculation that the Zambian international was considering options in the Middle Eastern nation, it appears he will not be joining the exodus of European players moving to bolster Saudi Pro League clubs.
According to reports from the Daily Mail, Sakala has “rejected the opportunity of a huge payday in the Middle Eastern kingdom” with Al-Fayha. This decision comes as somewhat of a shock given the recent trend of Scottish talent being lured by lucrative deals from Saudi clubs.
Saudi Clubs Eyeing Scottish Talent
Saudi clubs have been known to scout and sign talent from Scotland, most notably when Al-Ittihad secured a £25m deal with Jota, prompting him to swap Celtic for The Tigers. However, despite this precedent and potential financial incentives, Sakala seems committed to staying put at Rangers.
Meanwhile, Michael Beale is spearheading a significant overhaul of the Rangers forward line. So far, Abdallah Sima, Sam Lammers and Cyriel Dessers have joined the squad while Danilo is said to be close to becoming their fourth summer addition. These changes follow after Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent and Antonio Colak all exited the club.