Al-Ittihad transfer targets, rumours and odds

After bringing Ballon d’Or winner Karim Benzema, Al-Ittihad thought that life in the Saudi Pro League would be easy. However, reality hit the club hard, as after 18 matches played, the team ranks 7th, with eight victories, four draws, and six matches lost. The title fight is mostly over as Al-Hilal’s unbeaten run has taken the team to the top of the table, with a massive seven-point lead over Cristiano Ronaldo and his colleagues.

We saw three losses, one draw, and only one victory in Al-Ittihad’s last five league games. These results undoubtedly boosted the Al-Ittihad transfer rumours. If Al-Ittihad’s men in charge want to see their team compete with the rest, they’ll have to be very generous with their offers for the stars we are about to talk about.

Should the Al-Ittihad rumours you’ll read about in a couple of seconds become true, we are sure that coach Marcelo Gallardo’s side will look scary-good ahead of the second part of the season. If we can say one thing about Al-Ittihad, it’s that this is a team that has the financial capacity to prove these Al-Ittihad transfer rumours correct.

Al-Ittihad transfer targets, rumours, and odds

Rumoured Al-Ittihad signings in January 2024

Mohamed El Shenawy

With a market value of just €2.50m, Mohamed El Shenawy can truly be a bargain for Al-Ittihad this season. €2.50m is nothing for the unlimited Al-Ittihad financial reserve, and seeing as coach Gallardo’s side conceded a massive 26 goals this season, we believe these Al-Ittihad transfer rumours in January 2024 have the potential to become true.

Mohamed El Shenawy is a prolific Egyptian shot-stopper who has acquired 19 major trophies throughout his lengthy career. At the ripe age of 35, Shenawy is no spring chicken. He’s dangerously close to the end of his career, but he sure hasn’t lost his catlike reflexes.

Having El Shenawy for €2.50m could prove to be very beneficial, as he’s the sort of player that can make an instant impact on the team. This Al-Ittihad rumour has the chance to become true, as El Shenawy is undoubtedly relishing the opportunity to play alongside Benzema.

Alexis Sanchez

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Mohamed El Shenawy and Alexis Sanchez have two things in common – both of their names are mentioned in the Al-Ittihad rumours, and both of these players have a €2.50m price tag on their heads. At the age of 35, Alexis Sanchez is far from his best days. The ex-Barcelona and Arsenal superstar was a joy to behold some years ago, but his recent performance is nothing to brag about.

Currently, the Chilean is performing for Inter Milan, but his display, as we mentioned, is somewhat bleak. With four goals since the start of the campaign, this is not the Alexis Sanchez we remember. However, a change of scenery might be what this prolific goalscorer needs. Partnering up with Karim Benzema will give Al-Ittihad an atomic goalscoring duo that could help the team achieve its goals this season.

Angel Correa

Al-Ittihad transfer rumours
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28-year-old Angel Correa is currently enjoying the best years of his professional career. It’s a bit unlikely for him to ditch beloved club Atletico Madrid for Al-Ittihad, but you never know in football. The Argentine winger has proven to be equally adept at attacking and defending, so if his fellow countryman and possible next coach can convince him to join the Saudi Pro League, this would definitely give coach Gallardo options.

He doesn’t have a player of Angel Correa’s caliber right now, so if this Al-Ittihad rumour proves correct, we should see a way sturdier Al-Ittihad side in the second part of the Saudi Pro League campaign.

Rumoured Al-Ittihad departures in January 2024

Awad Al-Nashri

We have Awad Al-Nashri’s name as the key player likely to depart from King Abdullah Sports City, as coach Gallardo’s midfield is already packed. We have World Cup winner N’Golo Kante bossing the midfield with partner-in-crime Fabinho doing his best to fill in the gaps. Al-Ghamdi is often chosen over Al-Nashri by coach Gallardo, so it wouldn’t be at all surprising if this Al-Ittihad rumour proves correct as well.

Awad Al-Nashri currently has a €350k market price on his head, and despite him playing second fiddle to Kante and Fabinho, we believe he has the quality to bring success to most Saudi Pro League teams.


Vladimir’s dreams of becoming a professional basketball player ended a long time ago, but his other dream of becoming a writer came true as he combined his love of writing and sports to become a professional content writer who covers multiple sports, including football, basketball, and tennis.