Liverpool, like the rest of the footballing world, has no doubt watched with a degree of incredulity as Saudi Arabia has risen from nowhere to dominate the summer transfer discourse. Anfield has certainly felt the impact, with both Fabinho and Jordan Henderson set to finalize moves to the country in due course.

While those two deals have had the most direct effect on transfer plans, it would only be the latest in a trend that is gathering pace at an alarming rate. Henderson and Fabinho look set to join a number of past Liverpool stars already in Saudi Arabia, with Steven Gerrard and Roberto Firmino having been enticed, and Sadio Mané potentially next on the agenda.

Gerrard, of course, has signed on as a manager. And the Saudi league's talent drive could yet turn more of a focus to coaches, with a current Premier League boss now in the sights of one of the PIF-owned teams.

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Elsewhere in the Premier League, Spurs is facing a more timeless transfer saga, with the future of Harry Kane once again up in the air. Having successfully bought himself time via a contract extension in the past, it seems Daniel Levy must now truly face up to the dilemma.

Here, takes a scan around the other big sides in the Premier League and around Europe to take a look at the news going on at the other clubs.

Harry Kane refuses Spurs deal

It's a mixed bag for Spurs on the Kane news front. While The Times reports that he will not seek to force through a transfer this summer, he is also refusing to sign any new contract.

Tottenham has offered to 'significantly' increase his current wage of almost $385k (£300k/€346k) per week, with bonuses. But Kane has 'no intention' of extending his stay.

It's been a long time since Kane himself has had such a strong position regarding his own future. Having been convinced to sign a six-year contract in 2018, Daniel Levy has long since held the cards, but now faces the prospect of losing his star for nothing if a transfer is not arranged. says: With Bayern Munich the primary suitor, this is surely the summer where Spurs has to bite the bullet and sell. It gives Levy the chance to cash in without strengthening a rival, and averts the doomsday scenario of losing Kane for nothing.

While reluctance to lose Kane a year early is understandable, there could hardly be a better time. It will undoubtedly produce a season of major transition, but there's no European campaign which that could impact. And with the striker having made it plain he will not renew, selling now is the infinitely preferable option.

As it happens, Liverpool would also no doubt prefer Kane goes to Bayern Munich than somewhere like Manchester United.

Roberto Firmino could be joined by Premier League boss

It was only a matter of time before the Saudi league started targeting managerial talent in earnest. It has already lured Gerrard, of course, but the Liverpool legend had been out of work since a very poor Aston Villa stint, so he was not especially in demand.

By contrast, Marco Silva's stock has rarely been higher, after masterminding a strong Fulham campaign. But the Cottagers are under serious pressure from Saudi Arabia — with star player Aleksandar Mitrović having had his head turned, Sky Sports now reports that the manager is being targeted too.

Al-Ahli wants Silva to take the reins, and has presented a two-year deal worth $51m (£40m/€46m). Should he accept, he would link up with Liverpool great Firmino, as well as potentially Riyad Mahrez and Allan Saint-Maximin. says: As long as Saudi Arabia steers clear of Jürgen Klopp! Although the Liverpool boss reaffirmed his commitment to Liverpool this week amid renewed links to the Germany job, so perhaps he could not be tempted anyway.

It would be disappointing if Silva went, although the money is understandably head-turning. He is forging a reputation for himself — and while Firmino and others are approaching the autumn years of their careers, his should just be ramping up towards the prime years.

That said, Silva would suddenly be coaching playing talent of perhaps a higher level than ever before. Firmino looks like he will be one of a number of recently high-end Premier League stars plying his trade at Al-Ahli this season.