Milos Degenek may be heading for the Middle East to continue his club career.
Milos Degenek may be heading for the Middle East to continue his club career.

Saudi riches could lure Socceroos defensive gun

MILOS Degenek has turned heads with Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League and could be about to cash in with a loaded Saudi Arabian giant.

The Socceroos defender is reportedly in the sights of Al Hilal, which according to Serbian media is willing to trigger his €3 million ($A4.9 million) buyout clause and then some during the January transfer window.

A video posted on Twitter on January 1, when the Socceroos teammates had a day off their Asian Cup camp, showed Degenek in a shop with Saudi Arabia full-back and Al Hilal player Yasser Al-Shahrani.

In the video, Degenek is asked by another unseen man if he plans to join the club.

"Maybe, we will see," he said.

"Nothing is finished but we will see."

Any such move, while hugely lucrative, would be strange for a player who only recently stated he was living out his dream playing for Red Star, his beloved boyhood club.

Degenek's Serbian parents, who sought refuge in Belgrade from his birthplace Croatia when he was a baby, have since moved back to Serbia and attend all his home games.

Furthermore the 24-year-old - signed for Red Star from Ange Postecoglou's Yokohama F Marinos only six months ago - has been in blistering league form and scaling the heights of the Champions League against group-stage opponents Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Napoli.

The speculation comes days after Degenek scored his maiden international goal in last weekend's pre-Asian Cup 5-0 friendly rout of Oman.

It was another assured performance in central defence by the Socceroo, further pressing his case for a starting spot in  Sunday's tournament opener against Jordan.

News Corp Australia


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