UAE star becomes world's second most expensive loanee

Only Gonzalo Higuain's loan cost more

Omar Abdulrahman is set to become the world's second most expensive loanee, with his one-year switch from Al Ain to Al Hilal clocking in at £12.5 million ($16.25m) (Numbers are not confirmed yet).

Only Gonzalo Higuain, whose loan from Juventus to AC Milan will cost £21m, has broken that sum.

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Haggling over terms had put the transfer in doubt and allowed some talk of Al Hilal’s city rivals Al Nassr moving in on the deal, but ultimately Omar joined the blue half of Riyadh and is said to have snubbed a host of European offers in the process.

This is a homecoming of sorts for the Saudi-born player of Yemeni descent as Abdul Rahman had in fact played for Al Hilal at youth level before joining Al Ain in 2006 after his family was granted UAE citizenship.

He went on to win four Arabian Gulf League titles with Al Ain, and was named the AGL’s best Emirati four times, before taking Asian Player of the Year in 2016.

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