Roberto Firmino, the former Liverpool forward, is reportedly in talks with Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli over a potential move. Firmino had been linked with a transfer to Barcelona but has yet to agree to any deal with his suitors. According to transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, Al-Ahli is waiting for Firmino’s final decision and is preparing his medical tests in case they get the green light to sign him later this week.
If the move goes through, Firmino will join a growing list of European stars to make the switch to the Middle East. Edouard Mendy, Firmino’s Premier League colleague, is also set to complete his move to Al-Ahli after departing Chelsea. Other notable names to move to the Saudi Pro League include Ruben Neves and Kalidou Koulibaly.
It remains to be seen whether Firmino will accept the move to Saudi Arabia, with previous reports linking him with a return to Brazil and several European clubs reportedly interested in his services. Nonetheless, Al-Ahli seems determined to secure the Brazilian’s signature and is waiting for his final decision.
Firmino left Liverpool as a free agent after the expiry of his contract at the end of last season. The Brazilian forward was a key player for the Reds during his time at Anfield, helping the club win the Premier League, Champions League, and Club World Cup. If he does join Al-Ahli, Firmino will bring his wealth of experience and skill to the Saudi side, potentially helping them compete for domestic and continental honors.