‘Three-year deal’ - Newcastle United owners PIF submit Saudi Arabia contract offer to Liverpool legend

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Saudi Arabian clubs owned by Newcastle United’s majority owners PIF are eyeing their latest high-profile swoop.

Liverpool legend Roberto Firmino has reportedly received a lucrative contract offer from Al Ahil, who are one of four Saudi Pro League clubs 75 per cent owned by Newcastle United’s majority owners the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.

The Brazilian is a free agent after leaving Anfield at the end of last season. Firmino scored 111 goals in 362 appearances, helping the Reds win the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup, Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

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Firmino has been linked with La Liga giants Real Madrid and Barcelona but could become the latest high-profile player to move to Saudi Arabia, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Romano claims Al Ahil have held talks with the 31-year-old and offered him a three-year contract. They still await Firmino’s final decision but have planned medical tests between Wednesday and Friday just in case.

Since the PIF - who 80 per cent of Newcastle - gained their stake in Al Ahli, Al Nassr, Al Hilal and Al Ittihad on June 5, several reputable players have moved to the Saudi Pro League.

Real Madrid legend Karim Benzema signed a two-year contract worth £344million at Al Ittihad, while Ruben Neves joined Al Hilal in a £47m record transfer from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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Two Chelsea players have also made the move. N’Golo Kante signed a four-year contract worth £85million with Al Ittihad last week. Kolidou Koulibaly was announced as an Al Hilal player on Sunday after completing his £20m move.

Meanwhile, Edouard Mendy and Hakim Ziyech are on the verge of joining Cristiano Ronaldo’s Al Nassr and Al Ahil, respectively.

Following their four-team takeover, PIF said: “The transfer of the four clubs will unleash various commercial opportunities, including investment, partnership and sponsorships across numerous sports.”

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