Roberto Firmino, a forward for Liverpool, has the option of moving to Saudi Arabia with Cristiano Ronaldo but is eager to stay at Anfield.
The 31-year-old has become a Merseyside favorite since moving there, and his contract will expire at the end of the current campaign.
Firmino moved to the Reds from Hoffenheim for £29 million in 2015. Since then, he has won a number of trophies, including the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, and League Cup.
The Brazilian was a key member of Jurgen Klopp’s squad, but subsequent campaigns have seen a decline in his playing time, which ultimately cost him a spot in Brazil’s World Cup roster.
Last season, he only made 20 league appearances, down from his previous totals of 34, 38, and 36 between 2018-19 and 2020-21.
There is also more rivalry for spots now at Anfield, where Klopp has choices in Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, and Darwin Nunez.
Firmino’s game time may be further constrained as a result of Liverpool’s £44 million signing of Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven this month.
Although he hasn’t signed a new contract as of yet, Klopp has made it plain that the Brazil international still has a place in the team.
Firmino is reportedly now a target for Saudi Arabian clubs, who want to raise their football reputation in preparation for a bid to host the 2030 World Cup.
Along with his boyhood club Sao Paolo, he has previously shown interest in Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Juventus, and other teams.
Cristiano Ronaldo was unveiled by Saudi Arabia’s Al-Nassr on Tuesday after agreeing to a contract worth an astounding £175 million per year.
Although Firmino has received offers to travel to Saudi Arabia with the former talisman of Manchester United and Real Madrid, he would want to stay in the Merseyside area.
Prior to suffering an injury in training in December, the Reds forward had played 21 games in all competitions and recorded nine goals and four assists.