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Kevin De Bruyne shock transfer admission highlights dilemma Liverpool and Alisson could face

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Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne has admitted he would be open to a move to Saudi Arabia this summer. Saudi Pro League clubs are set to once again try and lure some of the biggest names from Europe when the transfer window opens.

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Liverpool talisman Mohamed Salah remains a long-term target after last summer's failed attempts while the Daily Mail reported last week that Luis Diaz and Joe Gomez are also targets.

It has now been claimed by TeamTalk that Alisson Becker is wanted by Saudi clubs and while he is keen to remain in Europe, the Brazilian has not shut the door completely on a move.

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Alisson would reportedly receive a 'monster contract' to leave Liverpool, with the Reds' No.1 potentially joining a long list of players earning huge sums of money in the Pro League.

De Bruyne is the highest earner in the Premier League with City paying him a weekly wage of $510k (£400k/€470k) but that is nothing compared to what is on offer in Saudi. Cristiano Ronaldo remains the best-paid, pocketing around $4.3m (£3.4m/€4m) per week.

The Belgian has put Saudi clubs on red alert by telling Het Laatste Nieuws: "If I play there for two years, I will be able to earn an incredible amount of money. Before that I had to play football for 15 years. I may not even reach that amount yet.

"Then you have to think about what that could mean next. You’re talking about incredible amounts of money in what may be the end of my career. Sometimes you have to think about that."

De Bruyne, 32, missed large chunks of the season through injury but returned in the second half of the campaign to inspire City to the title. That took his tally to six and he admits it may be time to make a change.

He added: "My eldest is now eight years old and knows nothing but England. He also asks how long I will play for City. Once the moment comes, we will have to deal with it in a certain way. At my age you have to be open to everything."

Liverpool.com says: If the best-paid player in the Premier League is considering a move to Saudi Arabia, then it is no surprise that others could be turned. Alisson and Salah are likely to be among those targeted and Liverpool will hope they decide to remain at Anfield this summer.

De Bruyne has been a Premier League great and despite his injury troubles, is still probably the best around right now. If City was to lose him this summer, it could have a big bearing on next season's title race.