Mercato: Roberto Firmino also to sign for Saudi Arabia

30/06/23 09:43 by Fabien Borne

Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino is to sign for Saudi Arabia after his contract with Liverpool came to an end.

After eight years of loyal service, Roberto Firmino decided to leave Liverpool this summer to seek a new challenge. Less used by Jürgen Klopp in recent months, the 31-year-old Brazilian striker nevertheless scored 13 goals in 2022-2023, proving that he has not lost his eye for goal and remains an interesting player.

Roberto Firmino was once rumoured to be in the sights of Barça and Real Madrid this summer, but will now continue his career in Saudi Arabia. According to Fabrizio Romano, the former Hoffenheim player has agreed a contract with Saudi club Al-Ahli that runs until June 2026.

Roberto Firmino to play with Edouard Mendy

The deal is not yet complete, and Firmino has yet to pass his medical, but a verbal agreement exists between the parties and the dossier is well underway. Al-Ahli is a historic club in Saudi soccer and has just been promoted back to the top flight. It is one of four clubs privatized by the Saudi government, along with Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr and Al-Ittihad.

Located in Jeddah, like Al-Ittihad (the new club of Karim Benzema and N'Golo Kanté), Al-Ahli this week made official the signing of Chelsea's Senegalese goalkeeper <a href=/news/official-edouard-mendy-leaves-chelsea-for-al-ahli>Edouard Mendy for around 18.5 million euros. Barring any surprises, Roberto Firmino is likely to be his next star recruit.