According to Spanish media outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport, Longley returned to Barcelona this summer after a loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur last season, he followed the team to the United States for the pre-season but didn’t get a chance to play, and the player is currently looking for a home.
The player’s first option was to rejoin Tottenham, who would only pay a very low transfer fee if the club decided to sign him, something Barcelona might find difficult to accept. But now that the Saudi Arabian club has expressed its desire to sign him, the Saudi offer will surely be more attractive for Barcelona.
Cairo’s club, Riyadh Victory, inquired about the player and it is reported that Riyadh Victory is willing to pay Barca a transfer fee of 15 million euros, which would make Barca more willing to send the Frenchman to Saudi Arabia than to Tottenham Hotspur.
Tottenham Hotspur have not given up on signing him either, with the player still preferred to go to the Premier League if Spurs can match the Saudi offer. Riyadh Victory have handed Longley a personal treatment contract for three years until 2026, which will pay the same as the player’s salary at Barcelona, something Tottenham cannot achieve.