Liverpool player could now follow Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia
Roberto Firmino is reportedly on Saudi Arabia’s radar as a potential top-level signing this summer, with the Middle Eastern country keen to add the January arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to journalist Ben Jacobs, the Liverpool attacker, alongside the likes of N’Golo Kante, Luka Modric and Sadio Mane, are on a list of at least 20 players that Saudi Arabia’s government are keen to bring in to play in the nation’s top-flight.
Firmino will leave Liverpool at the end of this season with the Brazilian international due to feature for the Reds for the last time at Anfield this weekend against Aston Villa, with the 31-year-old yet to decide on his next destination after departing Merseyside.
Saudi Arabia has emerged as a potential market for many big names after Ronaldo signed for Al-Nassr in the January transfer window, with Lionel Messi also being heavily linked with a move to the Middle East this summer, and Firmino could also be on the move.
Indeed, whilst Firmino might be eager to stay in Europe and to sign for a UEFA Champions League side, the Saudi Arabia boom in recent months could tempt the Brazilian to make the move, especially of the likes of Messi are also swayed to join Ronaldo this summer.
Firmino will be making a big mistake in moving to Saudi Arabia
First it was MLS, then it was the Chinese Super League, and now the Saudi Pro League has taken centre-stage as football’s latest money-driven division, with Ronaldo and Messi potentially set to reignite their rivalry if the Argentine great makes the move this summer. Yet for Firmino, Saudi Arabia shouldn’t be an option for the attacker.
The Liverpool forward is still just 31-years-old, and moving to the Middle East now to cash in on his career would feel like a shallow move from Firmino, who still has the quality to star in Europe and to lead a club out in the Champions League to glory.
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