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Marco Verratti Joins Al Arabi in a Groundbreaking Qatari-Record Deal.

Roger Hampel


In a move that has sent shockwaves through the football world, Qatari club Al Arabi has announced the signing of Italian midfield maestro Marco Verratti from Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for an unprecedented €45 million. This record-breaking deal not only underscores the financial muscle of Qatar's domestic football but also elevates Al Arabi's profile substantially.

A Record-Shattering Fee

The transfer fee makes Marco Verratti the most expensive signing in the history of the Qatar Stars League. The previous record-holder was Shoya Nakajima, who was signed by Al-Duhail for €35 million in 2019. The massive €45 million payout signifies Al Arabi's intent to become a formidable force in Qatari and possibly, Asian football.

Uncertainty Ends for Verratti

The summer transfer window was a period of speculation for Marco Verratti, who had garnered attention not only from Qatar but also from Saudi Arabia. The deal with Al Arabi puts an end to these uncertainties, as the Italian international signs a two-year contract with the club.

A Star-Studded Squad

Verratti is not the only high-profile signing for Al Arabi this summer. The club had earlier secured the services of Abdou Diallo for €15 million, also from PSG. Additionally, Al Arabi has Rafinha, another former PSG midfielder, in its ranks. The team's formidable roster now includes newly acquired talents like Simo Keddari from Espanyol and veterans Omar Al-Somah and Youssef Msakni.

Spending Spree

With Verratti's signing, Al Arabi has now spent an eye-watering €65 million in transfer fees this summer alone. This marks the club as one of the biggest spenders not just in the Qatar Stars League but also in the broader landscape of football.


Marco Verratti's record-setting move to Al Arabi represents more than just a transfer; it serves as a symbol of the growing financial and competitive stature of Qatari football. As Al Arabi assembles a star-studded line-up in pursuit of domestic and continental glory, the rest of the football world would do well to take notice.


KingFut Team. (2023, September 14). OFFICIAL: Al Arabi land Marco Verratti in Qatari-record deal.


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