The Omar Abdulrahman to Al Hilal saga is nearing its end game.
One of football’s most protracted transfers came one step closer to becoming reality when the UAE and Al Ain’s golden boy landed in Riyadh in the early hours of Wednesday morning ahead of a proposed loan move to the Saudi giants, with supporters welcoming their new hero with shouts of “Amoory, Amoory” at a heaving King Khalid International Airport.
Despite rumoured late interest from Al Nassr, Abdulrahman’s move to his boyhood club is now a few formalities away.
— ?????? ????? ?? (@Alhilaltodey) 8 August 2018
Of Yemeni origins, Abdulrhaman was born in Riyadh and lived in the Kindgdom until the age of 15 when Al Ain came calling. He went on to receive the Emirati citizenship and become one of the finest footballers the country has ever seen, playing a major role in the UAE’s 2013 Gulf Cup triumph as well as winning four league titles and three President’s Cup medals with his club.
Donning a blue and white scarf as he finally landed in Saudi, Abdulrahman, who is reportedly joining Al Hilal on a one-year loan deal that could be worth as much as Dhs60m after signing a new three-year contract with Al Ain, was greeted by hysterical scenes by supporters of his new club.
This would make the move the second most expensive loan deal in history after Gonzalo Higuain’s recent switch from Juventus to Milan.
Here are some of the best reactions from social media:
Omar lands in Riyadh…
— ? (@saras9_) 8 August 2018
And is greeted by an adoring group of supporters…
— Ahdaaf (@ahdaafme) 8 August 2018
— Shuaib Ahmed (@footynions) 8 August 2018