Saudi Arabia a Possible Destination for Real Madrid Summer Transfer Target

Saudi Arabia a Possible Destination for Real Madrid Summer Transfer Target

Ero Samson
June 12, 2023 at 10:03 AM
  • Roberto Firmino has appeared as a transfer target for Real Madrid and Saudi Arabian sides
  • The 31-year-old has been suggested as a cut-price solution to fill the void left behind by Karim Benzema
  • Saudi Arabia sides are on the move to sign Europe’s top stars

Real Madrid are still reeling from the loss of Karim Benzema, who signed unexpectedly with Al Ittihad barely a week after, and it appears the Saudi Arabian push for top footballers might rob them of one of the options to replace Benzema this summer.

Los Blancos currently only have Alvaro Rodriguez, Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes for their frontline next season, and some tough decisions are to be made at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Roberto Firmino
Saudi Arabia are set to rival Real Madrid for Roberto Firmino. Image: Charlie Crowhurst.
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Real Madrid must work out whether they want to sign a forward to lead the line for many years, like an Erling Haaland or a Kylian Mbappe that would likely only happen next summer, an immediate answer like Harry Kane, or a stop-gap solution.

One of the candidates for the latter role, or even as a backup option, is Roberto Firmino. Speaking to Caught Offside, Fabrizio Romano said that the former Liverpool forward is likely to have more than one offer on the table.

“Saudi Arabia are not going to stop pursuing big signings. We’ve already seen Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, and the plan is to continue.”
“They will try to sign many players and important players. Talks will follow with Mauro Icardi, Roberto Firmino and many more.
Priority is to complete the N’Golo Kante deal after medicals are done; but this will be really, really busy.”

Firmino, Benzema’s ideal replacement

Firmino is a free agent after his deal with Liverpool expired this summer. The 31-year-old has been suggested as a cut-price solution in recent weeks to fill the void left behind by Karim Benzema.

As reported by Goal, the forward’s profile meets the need of the style of player wanted by Real Madrid.

Depending on how keen Firmino is on moving to Spain or leaving European football behind, Real Madrid could have their work cut out if they do try to bring Firmino in.

They will not look to compete on financial terms anyway but would look to tempt Firmino with the promise of extending his career at the top level.

Firmino’s classy goodbye gesture

Sports Brief earlier reported on the classy goodbye gesture shown by Firmino to Liverpool staff.

According to Sky Sports Germany reporter, Florian Plettenberg on Twitter, the forward gave out 200 custom gifts to his teammates, staff, friends and family at a party hosted for him.

The contents of the personalised gifts included a signed Liverpool shirt, ''With Love Bobby'' stitched in front and ''Si Senor'' on the neck, the song the Reds' supporters sang for him at Anfield.

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